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Weatherby Mark V Deluxe 257 Weatherby, $2400

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The classic Weatherby Mark V is recognized instantly for what it is. Many would think it's overrated because of its too-glossy finish, but it does perform, and does draw crowds because of its fine wood and eye-catching looks. It shoots very well, too.

Weatherby Mark V Deluxe 257 Weatherby, $2400

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The bolt lift is only 60 degrees, which takes some getting used to. The angled cheeck piece and sharp hook to the pistol grip are the design of Elmer Keith. Known also as a Monte Carlo stock, the design lets the shooter pull the rifle into the shoulder very hard and keeps the recoil entirely off the shooter's face. The stock design makes for comfortable shooting, even with hard-kicking versions. Isn't that lovely wood.
Drop-dead gorgeous wood like this is not inexpensive. The Mark V has well-done fine checkering, and the standby Weatherby rosewood grip and forend caps. Though the finish is wavy, it's tough as nails. The trigger pull was excellent.
When the floorplate is open, the inner steel magazine box was loose to move up and down at least an eighth of an inch. We moved it with our finger from the other end. This didn't seem right, but Weatherby said it was a deliberate design. Greg King Production Supervisor at Weatherby, Inc., said, "I enjoyed your article on our rifles in your April issue. I’m always interested in other people’s views on our products. I’d like to clear up a technical issue. You mentioned the magazine box in the MkV moved in the stock when the floorplate was open. That is by design. In most bolt-action rifles, the magazine feed lips are built into the receiver, so there will be different receivers within the same model line to handle different-size cartridges. The magazine box is just a box holding the cartridges, and its relationship to the receiver is not critical. Our Vanguard model is a good example of this design. In the MkV, we use the same receiver for all our rifles, no matter the cartridge size. The magazine feed lips are built into the magazine box, and there are different magazine boxes depending on the cartridge. To get correct feeding, the magazine box has to be centered and hard up against the receiver. We achieve this by letting the magazine box float in the magazine well of the stock and use the follower spring to push it into position. Thus, we’re not dependent on dimensions in the stock to hold the magazine box in the correct place. As you noted in the article, the magazine box doesn’t move or rattle when the floorplate is closed. I hope that helps. If you ever have any technical questions about our products, please feel free to contact me."

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