SOLD FOR: $3350
Model: Mark V Varmintmaster
Serial Number: S5802
Year of Manufacture: 1963-1972
Caliber: .22-250 Remington
Action Type: Bolt Action Rifle with Internal Hinged Floorplate Magazine
Markings: The left side of the shank is marked “Weatherby / .22-250”. The right side of the chamber ring is marked with the serial number “S5802”. The left side of the receiver is marked “MARK V / VARMINTMASTER”, “Weatherby / SOUTH GATE, CALIF.”, and has three pin motifs at the rear. The bottom of the bolt handle is marked “5802” and the front face of the bolt handle is marked with a German proof mark. The right side of the shank is marked “MADE IN W. GERMANY”.
Barrel Length: 26”
Sights / Optics: There are no provisions for iron sights. The top of the receiver is equipped with a two-piece rail system and two rings supporting a Leupold VX-3 scope with 6.5-20x magnification and a duplex reticle. The scope shows no significant wear or damage and the lenses are crystal clear. The scope rates in about 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 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 a few light draglines and storage marks throughout the wood. Otherwise, only light handling marks are present. The checkering is sharp and there are no chips or cracks. The LOP measures 13 5/8” from the front of the trigger to the back of the recoil pad. The recoil pad shows hardly any wear. The stock is in Fine-Excellent 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. In this writer’s opinion, the bore rates 10/10.
Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 97% of its metal finish. There are sparse little nicks and dings on the barrel and some tiny freckles of faint discoloration throughout. There is hardly any operational wear. The screw heads are sharp. The markings are clear. Overall, this rifle rates in about Fine-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: Included is the previously mentioned Leupold 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 with a clean Leupold scope, it will add nicely to your collection. Please see our photos and good luck!