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Model: Mark V Varmintmaster
Serial Number: S3730
Year of Manufacture: 1963-1972
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 “S3730”. 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 “3730”. The right side of the shank is marked “MADE IN W. GERMANY”.
Barrel Length: 24”
Sights / Optics: There are no provisions for iron sights. The top of the receiver is installed with a pair of bases and rings holding a Leupold 2×7 VARI-X IIc scope. The scope has a few scattered little marks through the finish and light handling wear. The scope has a duplex reticle and the glass is clear. The scope rates in about Fine Plus 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 solid brown rubber Weatherby recoil pad. 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 are some scattered compressions and a few little marks through the finish, the most noticeable compression is on the right side of the forend at the front. There are some nicks and scratches on the right side of the nosecap. There are some marks surrounding the sling studs. There is general handling wear. The LOP measures 13 1/2” from the front of the trigger to the back of the recoil pad. The recoil pad shows light discoloration. 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 95% of its metal finish. There are spots of finish loss from previous oxidation on the left side of the receiver. There are some light scuffs on the barrel and there is finish loss on the edge of the muzzle. There are a couple of faint marks through the finish on the barrel. There are some little marks through the finish on the bolt handle and trigger guard. There are light handling marks. There is standard operational wear. 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: Included is the previously described scope.
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. It is a scaled down receiver with 6 lugs, instead of 9, to better handle smaller cartridges. 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. This rifle is in beautiful condition and comes installed with a nice Leupold scope, it will add nicely to your collection. Please see our photos and good luck!