SOLD FOR: $3350
Make: Weatherby, Mfg. by J.P. Sauer & Sohn in W. Germany
Model: Mark V Varmintmaster
Serial Number: S4114
Year of Manufacture: 1965
Caliber: 224 Weatherby Magnum
Action Type: Bolt Action Rifle With Internal Hinged Floorplate Magazine
Markings: The left side of the shank is marked “Weatherby / .224 MAGNUM”. The right side of the chamber ring is marked with the serial number “S4114”. The left side of the receiver is marked “MARK V / VARMINTMASTER”, “Weatherby / PAT. PEND.”, and has three pin motifs at the rear. The bottom of the bolt handle is marked “4114”. The right side of the shank is marked “MADE IN W. GERMANY”.
Barrel Length: 24”
Sights / Optics: There are no provisions for iron sights. Equipped to the top of the receiver via a two-piece Redfield rail system and two rings is a Weatherby Variable optic with 2.75-10x magnification and a fine crosshair reticle. The external surface show a few faint marks. The lenses are clear. The scope rates in about Fine-Excellent condition.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The stock is one piece skip-line checkered walnut with a high gloss finish, a raised Monte Carlo comb with a cheekpiece, a capped pistol grip, and a brown Weatherby buttpad. There is a rosewood grip cap with tan spacer and a tan diamond shaped piece of wood inlet into its bottom surface. There is also a rosewood nose cap with a tan spacer. There is a sling stud in the belly and on the forend. There is some very light crazing to the finish throughout the wood. There are a few light draglines on the left side of the forearm and the sides of the buttstock. There are no chips or cracks. The LOP measures 13 5/8” from the front of the trigger to the back of the buttpad, which shows light wear. The stock is in Fine overall condition.
Type of Finish: Blue
Finish Originality: Original
Bore Condition: The bore is bright and the rifling is sharp and deep. There is no erosion in the bore.
Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 97% of its metal finish.There are scattered faint lines throughout the barrel. The bolt knob shows finish wear. The lower metal shows faint scratches and swirl lines. The screw heads are sharp. The markings are clear. Overall, this rifle rates in about Fine-Plus condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. The trigger is light and crisp. We did not fire this rifle. As with all used firearms, a thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance requirements.
Box, Paperwork & Accessories: The previously mentioned scope is included.
Our Assessment: The Weatherby Varmintmaster is a lighter quicker-handling version of the Weatherby Mark V. It was first offered for sale in 1963 in two barrel lengths: a 24-inch standard weight and 26-inch heavy weight. The Weatherby Mark V rifles are considered prestigious or luxury firearms by many. This is due in part to Roy Weatherby who presented the rifles to royalty, politicians, gun writers and actors including Prince Abdorreza Pahlavi of Iran, Generals James Doolittle and Chuck Yeager, Jack O’Connor, Warren Page, Elgin Gates and Lorne Greene and was able to use this fact as a marketing tool. In 1957, a contract with J.P. Sauer & Sohn was signed and manufacture took place there in West Germany, which is where this example was manufactured. This rifle is in Very Nice condition with a vintage Weatherby optic. The trigger is light and crisp. Please see our photos and good luck!