SOLD FOR $2975
Make: Weatherby Custom, Howa Japan
Model: Mark V, Left Handed
Serial Number: H128164
Year of Manufacture: 1983-1984
Caliber: .460 Weatherby Magnum
Action Type: Left Handed Bolt Action Rifle With Internal Hinged Floorplate Magazine
Markings: The right shoulder of the barrel is marked “Weatherby / .460 MAGNUM”. The right side of the forward chamber ring is marked “MARK V” over a patent declaration, and the left is marked with the serial number, “H128164”. The right side of the receiver is marked “Weatherby®” in cursive script over “SOUTH GATE CALIF. MADE IN JAPAN”. The right rear of the receiver is marked with three pins. The magazine floorplate features fine floral engraving with “WEATHERBY CUSTOM” in a banner. The recoil pad is marked “Weatherby®” in cursive script.
Barrel Length: 26” Ported
Sights/Optics: There are no provisions for iron sights on this rifle. The top of the receiver is equipped with a Leupold rail and ring system.
Stock Configuration and Condition: The stock is a one-piece high gloss 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. There are just a few scattered faint marks about the wood, notably around the grip cap. The checkering is sharp. There are no chips or cracks. The LOP measures 13 7/8” & 12 7/8” from the front of the trigger to the back of the recoil pad and wood, respectively. The pad shows some light discoloration and the rubber is soft and supple. Overall, the stock rates in Fine-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 98% of its metal finish. There are some sparse faint scratches on the sides of the barrel. There is minor evidence of handling, but otherwise, this rifle is free of any major imperfections. 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: None.
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 Japan by Howa. 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 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 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 is a true hunter’s rifle that will be a prized part of any collection, but most importantly, yours. Please see our photos and good luck.