SOLD FOR: $1,534.00
Make: Weatherby, produced by Sauer
Serial Number: P19042
Year of Manufacture: 1966
Caliber: .300 Weatherby Magnum
Action Type: Bolt Action with Hinged Floor Plate Internal Magazine
Markings: The left side of the barrel is marked “Weatherby / .300 Magnum”. The left side of the receiver is marked “SAUER Weatherby EUROPA / U.S. PATENTS 3,013,355”. The right side of the receiver is marked “P19042”. The right side of the barrel is marked “MADE IN W.-GERMANY”. The bottom of the bolt handle is marked “19042”.
/ Barrel Length: 24”
Sights / Optics: The front sight is brass beaded blade on a banded base at the muzzle which is grooved to accept a hood (no hood is present). The rear sight is a “U” notched leaf with serrated rear face dovetail set to a banded mount fixed to the barrel. A Nickel Supra scope is mounted to a quick release base which is fixed to the top of the receiver. The left of the scope is marked “Supra” in oval, “VARIABEL-1,5-6X E/D/S Nr. 415396 / MADE IN GERMANY”, the top of the eyepiece has a “Nickel / MARBURG” medallion, the click stop power ring is calibrated from “1.5” to “6”. A reverse dovetail is present on the underside of the objective bell and the scope is equipped with lens caps with clear ends. The eyepiece is fitted with a rotating diopter which is locked into place by a set screw located on the right side of the bell. The reticle is Nickel’s reticle #4, with thick posts to the sides and bottom at the outside, going to a thin crosshair in the center with the top being thin throughout. The scope is First Focal Plane, so the reticle remains the same relative to the image throughout magnification. Light handling marks are visible on the scope. The optics are clear. The scope is in Fine condition.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The one piece deluxe skip line checkered walnut pistol grip stock features rosewood forend tip and grip cap as well as sling swivels mounted to the beavertail forend and fluted butt. The butt possesses a cheek piece for right handed shooters and a Monte Carlo comb. Scattered shallow handling marks are visible on the stock with a notable compression mark present on the underside of the forend and a few scattered light scuffs. The white diamond on the grip cap exhibits chips at the points and three edges. The checkering exhibits light handling wear, but is generally sharp and well defined. There are no chips or cracks. The LOP measures 14 3/4” and 13 7/8″ from the fronts of the triggers to the back of the vented brown rubber Weatherby recoil pad, 13 3/4″ and 12 7/8″ to the back of the wood. The recoil pad has hardened slightly with age and shows light wear, in Very Good-plus condition. The stock rates in about Very Good to Fine overall condition.
Type of Finish: Blue
Finish Originality: Original
Bore Condition: The bore is bright and the rifling is sharp. There is no erosion in the bore.
Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 97% of its metal finish. There are a few scattered light marks in the finish and the floorplate shows light thinning at its edges. The bolt body shows operational wear. The screw heads are sharp. The markings are clear. Overall, this rifle rates in about Fine condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. We have not fired this rifle.
Box, Paperwork & Accessories: The rifle comes with the installed scope as described.
Our Assessment: As its name might suggest, the Europa was intended for the European sporting market, produced in West Germany by Sauer on the Weatherby Mark V action. This rifle features the capped, skip-line checkered stock of the Mark V Deluxe with express iron sights and a quick detatch mount holding a Nickel Supra 1,5-6x scope. A fantastic rifle chambered in the fantastic .300 Weatherby Magnum, this rifle can be used to hunt anything in North America or Europe and was the preferred hunting rifle and round of famed hunter Elgin Gates and Safari Club International founder C.J. McElroy. Manufactured by the renowned J.P. Sauer in West Germany in 1966, this rifle still has a beautiful stock and nice finish with a bright bore and sharp rifling. It is a beautiful marriage of an American action and cartridge design with European aesthetic and optics. Please see our photos and good luck!
CA Legal or CA Private Party Transferable: This C&R eligible rifle can be transferred in California.