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Gun Test: The Weatherby Mark V

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Today’s Mark V is, arguably, the best iteration of the gun.

There are few rifle enthusiasts and big-game hunters worldwide who wouldn’t recognize the Weatherby slogan. Its purpose, however, is more than to simply serve as a catchword; it’s a promise that drives the company’s decision-making process. A recommitment to those stated qualities served as the catalyst behind Weatherby’s recent decision to bring home, to Paso Robles, Calif., production of the company’s flagship rifle, the Mark V.

Examining The Mark V

Weatherby’s lineage can be traced to the early 1940s, when founder Roy Weatherby began wildcatting cartridges with higher than traditional velocities. It wasn’t until 1954, though, that he began experimenting with an action (and thus a rifle) of his own design. His reason for doing so was two-fold. First, being well-versed in the “workings” of bolt-action rifles, Weatherby found most existing designs lacking, particularly with regard to integrity and therefore safety. He believed that he could create a better action. In addition, he was frustrated by his dealings with the European companies that had previously supplied the company’s actions and rifles.

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