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To paraphrase Keats, a rifle of beauty is a joy forever. Which means generations of your descendants should be able to enjoy shooting Weatherby’s limited edition 70th anniversary Mark V rifle. That is, if you can get one. Yhey’re only making…yes…70 of them. And they’ll be chambered in — you guessed it — .257 Weatherby Magnum. The rifle comes with a commemorative knife made of the same exhibition grade walnut (or rosewood or maple) as the stock. And the entire package comes in a custom leather case, all for the bargain price of…well, make the jump and see for yourself . . .

Weatherby®, Inc. celebrates its 70th anniversary with a limited-edition Mark V® custom package that is sure to be the envy of any hunter or firearms collector. Each package comes with a limited-edition Mark V rifle, a custom-designed leather rifle case and a commemorative knife handcrafted by Dan Weatherby (son of company President Ed Weatherby). Only 70 of these unique packages will be produced. They can be seen at Weatherby’s SHOT Show booth, #12729, starting Tuesday, January 20, in Las Vegas.

“This 70th Anniversary rifle is as special as it is rare,” said Adam Weatherby, executive vice president/chief operating officer. “It is meant to honor Weatherby’s unique past while inspiring the dreams of hunters and shooters around the world.”

The Mark V 70th Anniversary rifle is offered in company founder Roy Weatherby’s favorite caliber, .257 Weatherby Magnum. Rifle highlights include an exhibition-grade California claro walnut stock with a high-gloss finish and Pachmayr waffle-style recoil pad. The stock features skipline checkering and double forend tip and grip cap spacers, which are designed to emulate those of custom Weatherby rifles from the 1960s.

All metalwork has a high-gloss finish. The custom steel bottom metal features Weatherby’s 70th Anniversary logo etched in gold. Barrel length is 24 inches (#1 contour).

The commemorative knife also sports the 70th Anniversary logo in gold. The handle of the knife is made of reclaimed Mark V stocks in exhibition grade walnut, maplewood or rosewood. It is finished with nickel silver bolsters and pins. The knife blade is honed from 440c stainless steel with a Rockwell hardness factor of 58-59.

The custom leather rifle case completes the package, which is priced at $5,300. To reserve a Mark V 70th Anniversary rifle, contact a local Weatherby dealer. For more information, go to

Founded in 1945, Weatherby, Inc.’s line features the popular Vanguard® and legendary Mark V rifles (production and custom); WBY-Xrifles and shotguns; Threat Response shotguns and rifles; semi-auto, pump and over/under shotguns; premium ammunition; and security/shooting accessories. For more information, go to The company is based in Paso Robles, Calif., and invites all hunters and shooters to visit its free online community at or Facebook page at Follow @weatherbyinc on Twitter.

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  1. I’ve been looking for a good deer rifle. Since Remington has gone tits up on quality, I’ve been considering a Weatherby or a Ruger.

  2. I haven’t seen one of these rifles in person, but to have one of 70, that isn’t all that bad a price. I was guessing $10,000. At $5300 it is not in my budget because I can’t afford that much for a rifle that will live forever in the safe, but I’m not the guy that Weatherby is marketing these to. The John Wayne commemorative Winchester rifle was one of 10,000 and cost around $1000 some 25 years ago. I’m thinking $5300 is a fair price for this package.

  3. An overbore cartridge up there on par with the .264 WinMag, 6.5-284, etc.

    Barrel life will be under 2,000 rounds. But then, this is a cartridge used almost exclusively for hunting, so that 2,000 rounds is probably the entire life of the rifle and then some.


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