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The Guns I Own: The Weatherby Mark V, Part II

... Continued from part I

Winston gave the metal to a friend of his named Ernie Paulson, who was dying of cancer, but was able to complete this one last job. Ernie out-Weatherbied Weatherby; the barrel and action are a brilliant blue-black; so bright that when I used the rifle I had to cover the steel with camo tape.

The Weatherby Mark V action uses the trigger as a bolt release, and I’ve never been a fan of this system, so I had the factory trigger replaced with a Canjar trigger, and that completed the job.

That rifle has been to Africa and Montana and other fearsome places, and did all of its work with Weatherby factory ammo loaded with the old-style 180-grain Nosler Partition bullets. It’s very effective, but I’m not sure that a .30/06 couldn’t have handled every single shot that .300 ever made.

I retired it years ago. It’s irreplaceable, as Churchill would now charge $25,322.51 or so to stock one again. It was once confiscated in Zambia, and I got it back, but it threw a permanent scare into me, and anyway, that’s another story.

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You brought up something I found curious in these 300 wthby pieces, Dave. When a person deals with rifles having more recoil than a 30-06 [a 7mm Mag on up seems to have considerable more recoil than a 30-06], how light can you make a stock without having it split?

Background: I once had an S&W 1500 in 7mm Mag. I traded the rifle, but the owner told me the stock split behind the recoil lug. He used commercial hunting loads.

I built a 35 Whelen on a Mauser action and did the stock work. I kept the stock robust, and AccurGelled the tang and recoil lug area with adding steel wool to the mix. It appears to have worked well for the last 10-years, but it would be nice to take some more wood off the stock for aesthetics.

Later.

Capt Walt

I have one also but since I cant afford to hunt Lions and Polar Bears I just dont know what to do with it.

Weatherby Mark V .340 Mag

Left handed, BIG GAME RIFLE

Tan Bell & Carlson raised comb Monte Carlo composite stock and black spider web pattern (Agamid, graphite unidirectional fibers and fiberglass)
One-piece forged fluted bolt with three gas ports

CNC-machined aluminum bedding plate provides stable, solid platform for the barreled action. Precisely inletted to assure repeatable accuracy
Nine locking lugs for 54-degree bolt lift—the shortest in the industry. Provides for faster follow-up shots and fewer battered knuckles


Three rings of steel surrounding cartridge case head. Recessed bolt face is surrounded by the barrel, which is surrounded by the forged and machined receiver
Adjustable trigger with precise adjustments for let-off weight and sear engagement
Krieger™ Criterion™ button-rifled stainless steel barrel with flutes and recessed target crown
Pachmayr® Decelerator® recoil pad, Sling and hard shell rifle case
With Stainless NIKON Scope
Asking $1,795

Saco, Maine

[email protected]
http://home.maine.rr.com/newengland/

Gerald Keller

As to the stock splitting,I've seen factory stocks that were very poorly bedded,and many that split or cracked as a result.One left hand Savage I repaired was probably thirty to forty years old when the crack appeared.I found that the recoil lug was not even touching wood,and the rear of the trigger housing was the only thing providing recoil contact.Proper bedding and a pin through the wrist with epoxy and the hunter was back in the field on opening day.

cline wood

i totaly desagree with your comments and ihave own a weatherby rifle for the last 23years and if any one had these problems it was du to poor gun care and also poor handling and a 3006 cant handle what a 300weatherby mag and you sir need to think about what you write

cline wood

if i was out looking for a dependable huntin rifle i would personaly look for a mark v weatherby they are extremely in accurecy and hold to the weatherby tradition in looks and craftsmanship have owned one 4 23years and it has never failed with factory ammo im not running down a 3006 but the 300weatherby mag is far more above its class when it comes to veolicty and long ranch but like all weatherby rounds they have the up most in knockdown and in performance

Brian

I have been ill most of my life and to make a long story short, Im dam lucky to be alive. IN that most of money is used up in medical costs. So descretionary income is well gone. But I would love to spend more time shooting with my daughter. I am looking to see if there is any weathy people with a heart still out there. I would love to get two 30-06 one right handed and one left for us. Or .257 wthby mags. If you have a collection and think you could give (free) up a gun or two let me know. I know this sounds cheap but I see no other way.

Capt Walt    Master Maine Guide

Weatherby Mark V .340 Mag

Left handed, BIG GAME RIFLE



Weatherby .340 MAG The name says it all. The Accumark® (Left Hand) is a performance-enhanced rifle that makes its mark with guaranteed, repeatable accuracy that gives you the confidence to make the shot of a lifetime.

Specially-designed, hand-laminated, raised comb, Monte Carlo composite stock with matte gel coat finish and spiderweb accents Button-rifled, heavy contour free-floated 26" barrel with longitudinal flutes to trim weight and dissipate heat (.705 muzzle diameter).

Concentrically perfect recessed target crown CNC-machined aluminum bedding plate provides stable, solid platform for the barreled action One-piece forged fluted bolt with three gas ports Nine locking lugs for 54 degree bolt lift—the shortest in the industry. Provides for faster follow-up shots and fewer battered knuckles

Three rings of steel surrounding cartridge case head. Recessed bolt face is surrounded by the barrel, which is surrounded by the forged and machined receiver Adjustable trigger with precise adjustments for let-off weight and sear engagement.

Sear engagement adjustments are for use by Weatherby factory and Authorized Service Center personnel only

Pachmayr® Decelerator® recoil pad With Stainless NIKON Scope, Hard shell case, Sling, will also include 2 boxes of Weatherby .340 mag, 200 grain Nosler Ballistic Tip Ammo. A $160 value!


great moose/ elk rifle

will consider trades of .44 mag revolver and cash.

Asking $1,895 Cash

Southern Maine. Cash is good. Will transfer to your FFL in any state!

Capt Walt

Master Maine Guide

[email protected]





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