SOLD FOR: $2025
Make: Weatherby; Howa, Japan
Model: Mark V
Serial Number: H146638
Year of Manufacture: 1972-1994
Caliber: 300 Weatherby Magnum
Action Type: Bolt Action Rifle With Internal Hinged Floorplate Magazine
Markings: The left side of the shank is marked “USE ONLY / WEATHERBY / .300W.M.”. The right side of the chamber ring is marked with the serial number “H146638”. The left side of the receiver is marked “MARK V / U.S. PATENT NO.3,013,355”, “Weatherby / SOUTH GATE, CA”, “MADE IN JAPAN”, and three pin motifs at the rear. The bottom of the bolt handle is marked “638”. The right side of the front rail mount is marked “BUEHLER , ORINDA. CAL.”
Barrel Length: 24”
Sights / Optics: There are no provisions for iron sights. Equipped to the top of the receiver via a two-piece rail system and two rings is a Weatherby Premier scope with a wide angle view, 3-9x magnification, and a duplex reticle. The external surface shows very little wear and the lenses are crystal 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, a capped pistol grip and cheekpiece. There is a brown ventilated rubber Weatherby recoil pad mounted on the butt with a black spacer. 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 are sling swivels in the belly and on the forend with a brown leather Weatherby sling attached, in about Fine condition. There are some faint scratches on the left side of the stock above the trigger and a few minor scuffs on the bottom. The checkering is nice and sharp. There are no chips or cracks. The LOP measures 13 1/2” and 12 3/8” from the front of the trigger to the back of the recoil pad and wood, respectively. The pad shows light wear with some minor discoloration at the heel and is soft. The stock is in Fine-Plus 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. There is an M.E. of 0.7.
Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 99% of its metal finish. There are some scattered hardly notable marks on the barrel. There is hardly any operational wear. The screw heads are sharp. The markings are clear. Overall, this rifle rates in about Excellent 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 and sling are included.
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. 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 .300 Weatherby Magnum, a cartridge suited to taking down large North American game. 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!