SOLD FOR: $3426
Make: Weatherby USA Custom Shop
Model: Mark V Deluxe
Serial Number: SB053705
Year of Manufacture: 1995-2002
Caliber: .460 Weatherby Magnum
Action Type: Bolt Action Rifle With Internal Hinged Floorplate Magazine
Markings: The left shoulder of the barrel is marked “USE ONLY / .460 WBY MAG”. The left side of the forward chamber ring is marked “MARK V” over a patent declaration, and the right is marked with the serial number, “SB053705”. The left side of the receiver is marked “Weatherby®” in cursive script over “ATASCADERO, CA.”. The left side of the rear chamber ring is marked “MADE IN U. S. A.”. The magazine floorplate features fine floritae engraving with “WEATHERBY CUSTOM” in a banner. The trigger guard is marked with a Weatherby “W”. The recoil pad is marked “Weatherby®” is cursive script. The underside of the muzzle brake is marked “705”.
Barrel Length: 26”, 27 1/2” with Integral Muzzle Brake
Sights/Optics: There are no provisions for iron sights on this rifle. The reciever is drilled, tapped, and filled with two-piece Leupold optic mounts which have attached a Leupold Vari-X III 3.5-10x scope with a duplex reticle. The scope body is free of any notable wear or damage, the glass is clear, and overall the scope rates in Fine condition.
Stock Configuration and Condition: The stock is a one-piece gloss AA French walnut with a rosewood-capped checkered forend, rosewood-capped checkered pistol grip with inset walnut diamond, Monte Carlo comb with cheek-piece, and a textured brown rubber ventilated recoil pad. Sling studs are installed on the belly of the buttstock and the underside of the forend. While there are scant few marks on the wood, a few more notable nicks can be seen on the cheek piece. The checkering is sharp. There are no chips or cracks. The LOP measures 14 1/2” from the front of the trigger to the back of the recoil pad. The pad is free of any notable wear or damage and the rubber is soft and supple. Overall, the stock rates in Fine-to-Excellent condition.
Type of Finish: Blued Steel with a Machine Jeweled Bolt
Finish Originality: Original
Bore Condition: The bore is bright and the rifling is sharp. There is no erosion, but light stubborn fouling can be found on the lands.
Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 99% of its metal finish. There is minor evidence of handling, but otherwise, this rifle is free of any notable wear or damage. The screw heads are sharp. All markings are clear. Overall, this rifle rates in Excellent condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. We did not fire this rifle. As with all used firearms, thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance requirements.
Box, Paperwork, and Accessories: This Mark V Deluxe will ship in a Browning Model 5115 Travel Vault luggage case, a brown leather sling with a shoulder pad that has an elephant and rifle image, the scope as described above which includes a protective cover, a thread protector, a steel pin that serves as a wrench for removing the muzzle brake, and various factory paperwork including manuals for the rifle and the scope.
Our Assessment: The Weatherby Mark V has a long history, in production continuously since 1957 and has been produced by several manufacturers including Howa of Japan and Sauer of Germany. This example was made in the United States of America at the Weatherby Custom Shop of Paso Robles, CA, and is, in a word, exquisite. At first blush one notices the lustrous, deep blue of the barrel and receiver, looking for all the world like a midnight lake under a full moon. Standard roll marks culminate in the fine engraving on the magazine floorplate. Fine machine jeweling catches the eye through the ejection port. The eye moves then to the French Walnut stock with its attractive grain and rosewood accents, the light brown rubber of the recoil pad matching perfectly. But this is just the start of this encounter. This Mark V Deluxe is chambered in the powerhouse .460 Weatherby, a cartridge suited to taking down dangerous game such as elephant or rhinoceros. The Mark V was originally designed as a rifle that could withstand the sheer power of the Weatherby cartridge assortment, and while this rifle is beautiful, it is in equal parts a devastating and capable tool, the epitome of its purpose. The question is not whether you should bid on this rifle or not, but rather how you will fulfill its destiny when you win it. In overall Excellent condition, this rifle, which includes a heavy-duty luggage case and a fine Leupold scope is a true hunter’s rifle that will be a prized part of any collection, but most importantly, yours. Good luck.