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Rifle Review: Weatherby Mark V Accumark RC

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Rifle Review: Weatherby Mark V Accumark RC

Admittedly, these rifles are not cheap, with a manufacturer’s suggested retail price around $2,400 for most calibers. But for the discerning sportsman searching for a rifle that is built as well or better than many custom guns and shoots lights out, it’s a product that offers great value for the hunter looking for a quality bolt gun.

Like the Vanguard Series 2, all Accumark RC (Range Certified) rifles are guaranteed to shoot a 3-shot sub-MOA group of .99-inch or less at 100 yards when paired with specified Weatherby factory or premium ammunition. Each is tested at Weatherby’s modern indoor range to determine the most accurate load using the Oehler Research 83 Ballistic Imaging System. Each rifle sports a special RC engraved floor plate as well as a hand-laminated raised comb Monte Carlo composite stock with matte gel coat finish and spider web accents.

There’s a lot that goes into making these Weatherby rifles as impressive as many suggest. Each has a factory tuned trigger that allows for precise adjustment of the sear engagement (factory set at .008 to .0140) and let-off weight (factory set at about 3.5 pounds). They also include a Direct Striker Intervention Safety, which offers a direct, positive locking of the firing pin. This system locks the bolt in engaged position and disengages the sear to render the trigger inoperable. It operates easily with a light rolling action of the thumb, and is virtually silent with a controlled release.

An attractive fluted bolt body features three gas ports to allow high-pressure gasses to escape laterally in the event of an accidental case rupture. Longitudinal flutes reduce overall bolt weight and bearing surface area while minimizing binding for a smooth action. Positive cartridge extraction pulls the cartridge and ejects the fired case without the necessity of full bolt retraction.

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