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Title: Who has the oldest Weatherby rifles?
Post by: Captain Finlander on November 09, 2010, 02:49:20 PM
My oldest is a Vanguard VGX with Serial # 00043

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Title: Re: Who has the oldest Weatherby rifles?
Post by: Ed on November 11, 2010, 07:36:24 AM
It might be unfair for me to post but my oldest personal Weatherby that I own is a Mark XXII given to me by my father in 1963.  It's was made by Beretta.

Ed Weatherby
Title: Re: Who has the oldest Weatherby rifles?
Post by: MikeyD_243 on November 11, 2010, 08:46:38 AM
Hey Ed,

I think that's cheating! ;) But... that is really cool. Do you have a picture of it?

Mike!
Title: Re: Who has the oldest Weatherby rifles?
Post by: NMARKANITE on November 11, 2010, 01:10:17 PM
Mine is not too old but my first Mark V Accumark in 338-378 and was purchased at noon today and man i am one happy Arkanite!! mine might be a contender for the Newest category! :)
Title: Re: Who has the oldest Weatherby rifles?
Post by: NIK SOKO on November 11, 2010, 01:12:46 PM
cheating no one on the site would cheat would they??
Title: Re: Who has the oldest Weatherby rifles?
Post by: cxp2killer on November 11, 2010, 01:26:08 PM
(http://s3.amazonaws.com/weatherbynation/45756-400x400.jpg) (http://www.weatherbynation.com/image/tid/27581?startId=45756)
The Mark V is a 270 Wby Mag serial #29XXX puts it at 1961.
The Winchester 92 is in 38-40 it's # is 78XXX made in 1895.
Both have been in my family since new.
Jesse
Title: Re: Who has the oldest Weatherby rifles?
Post by: Captain Finlander on November 12, 2010, 08:58:00 AM
Obviously all Weatherby's would count even though Ed has the unfair advantage. 

That means the 130 year old 92 doesn't!  ;)  and is to hard to compete with anyway.
Title: Re: Who has the oldest Weatherby rifles?
Post by: WBY270 on November 12, 2010, 03:11:10 PM
I have a weatherby from 1956
Title: Re: Who has the oldest Weatherby rifles?
Post by: Kevin on November 16, 2010, 08:42:55 PM
I have a almost mint mark V ser #002xx that sits on a shelf I lost my rt eye and cant shoot it . it apears to have been shot vary little till I got it . my frend and I bought it and neather of us can shoot it ? I still love the 300 wm cart but I have 2 newer weth that I shoot all the time
Any colecters out thear?
Kevin
Title: Re: Who has the oldest Weatherby rifles?
Post by: peymor on February 13, 2011, 10:08:39 AM
 I have a 1946 300pre mark v with the old stamping from south gate.¬  It was one of the early years with the intial RWE gold plates with engraved screws. It is a beauty, and will be hard to let it go.(http://s3.amazonaws.com/weatherbynation/50840-400x400.jpg) (http://www.weatherbynation.com/image/tid/30955?startId=50840)
Title: Re: Who has the oldest Weatherby rifles?
Post by: james7mmwby on February 13, 2011, 10:15:08 AM
1970 Mk V deluxe 7mmwbymag , thats 41 years old
(http://s3.amazonaws.com/weatherbynation/42917-400x400.jpg) (http://www.weatherbynation.com/image/tid/25120?startId=42917)
Title: Re: Who has the oldest Weatherby rifles?
Post by: jmaier on February 13, 2011, 09:39:35 PM
Hello Folk's

 I have what Believe is a 1957 Southgate Pre Mark V serial number 8362

How do I add a picture?
Title: Re: Who has the oldest Weatherby rifles?
Post by: terminator on February 14, 2011, 09:15:33 AM
Go to your  profile,then click on "My Trophy Room" them click on"+ Add new Photos ".After you have the picture in your Trophy room then it can be inserted by clicking," +Insert Image" above the Message: and put in your message.
Title: Re: Who has the oldest Weatherby rifles?
Post by: fasttrx88 on February 14, 2011, 02:11:15 PM
i have two first is a .224 that was first year manufacture in germany # is below 100 first year was 1963 and i have a german custom shop 240 made in 1968 and both rifles still shoot good
Title: Re: Who has the oldest Weatherby rifles?
Post by: BigBronz215 on February 14, 2011, 04:02:14 PM
I dont have a old weatherby but I have an original 1894 lever action winchester 30-30
Title: Re: Who has the oldest Weatherby rifles?
Post by: whistleguy on February 21, 2011, 06:49:02 PM
I have a 257 weatherby from Southgate with a four digit serial # 11xx I don't know the year made. It is a pre Mark V It is one of the first made. Would like to know the year of Manufacture if anyone knows. Thank you all.
Title: Re: Who has the oldest Weatherby rifles?
Post by: Dadgumit on February 25, 2011, 08:41:42 AM
I do not know how old it is I have a Weatherby Vangaurd .264 Win Mag marked Southgate ca Ser# 02427 barrel marked made in Japan when was this made ??
Title: Re: Who has the oldest Weatherby rifles?
Post by: purplefox66 on February 25, 2011, 09:05:25 AM
Dadgumit your serial# does not match with any of my refference charts. Your serial# should start with a v. You might want to call weatherby for more info.
Welcome to Weatherby nation.
 Derrill
Title: Re: Who has the oldest Weatherby rifles?
Post by: Dadgumit on February 25, 2011, 10:17:43 AM
 I can not find any info at all on my ser#¬  02427 I need some HELP if any one can come up with any thing !!¬ 
Title: Re: Who has the oldest Weatherby rifles?
Post by: Dusty Roads on October 03, 2011, 04:17:18 AM
Mine is 00396-South Gate-Japan
Title: Re: Who has the oldest Weatherby rifles?
Post by: WildTigerTrout on October 03, 2011, 07:33:13 PM
That German Custom Shop 240 Weatherby could not have been manufactured in 1960. The 240 Weatherby Magnum cartridge was'nt introduced until 1968 ???
Title: Re: Who has the oldest Weatherby rifles?
Post by: eman98 on October 03, 2011, 09:22:27 PM
If you go to support on weatherbys website you can authenticate your history ::)
Title: Re: Who has the oldest Weatherby rifles?
Post by: hasbeen on October 04, 2011, 07:47:28 AM
This .300 Wby Mag is German c.1968 #xx110. King of .30 cal.
shoots flatter...hits harder...more accurate...(http://s3.amazonaws.com/weatherbynation/52577-400x400.jpg) (http://www.weatherbynation.com/image/tid/31946?startId=52577)
Title: Re: Who has the oldest Weatherby rifles?
Post by: all business on October 04, 2011, 01:20:37 PM
Well i picked up a made in japan  300wm mark V deluxe from a friend of mine. It came with the original box of shells he purchased with the gun. The price on the box of ammo  was $28 and there was a tiger on the box. It also had a weatherby scope on it. The serial # on the gun is H120923. I am thinking late 60's or early 70's. I paid for it used what he claims he paid for the whole package new $650. I think I got a good deal.
thx Travis
Title: Re: Who has the oldest Weatherby rifles?
Post by: purplefox66 on October 04, 2011, 05:07:12 PM
all business acording to your serial number it was made about 1980. this info comes from the book Weatherby The Mam The Gun The legend.
Derrill
Title: Re: Who has the oldest Weatherby rifles?
Post by: all business on October 05, 2011, 04:01:29 AM
thx always wondered how old it was.
travis
Title: Re: Who has the oldest Weatherby rifles?
Post by: THE DANIMAL on October 05, 2011, 08:53:11 AM
Peymor,

I am very curious about your rifle that you state is from 1946.  Can you tell us what the serial number is on that rifle? There are some oddities about the rifle that the serial number might give some clarity to. 

Thanks,
Dan Weatherby
Title: Re: Who has the oldest Weatherby rifles?
Post by: Nitro375 on December 16, 2011, 06:03:45 PM
                         .300, MK. V Deluxe, Serial# H104269. Guessing late 70's mfg.(http://s3.amazonaws.com/weatherbynation/53621-400x400.jpg) (http://www.weatherbynation.com/image/tid/32609?startId=53621)(http://s3.amazonaws.com/weatherbynation/53622-400x400.jpg) (http://www.weatherbynation.com/image/tid/32609?startId=53622)
Title: Re: Who has the oldest Weatherby rifles?
Post by: yuma93 on December 16, 2011, 09:12:57 PM
I inherited a 1948. 300 that has seen many a Midnight Sun in Alaska. and shows it and a 1952 30-06 both of these are pre MK V and have been heavily used. The still shoot great but I retired them for newer MK Vs over the years...Pictures to follow later.
Title: Re: Who has the oldest Weatherby rifles?
Post by: Eagle Rider on December 17, 2011, 04:19:15 AM
Over what period of years were Mk V Deluxe marked as Southgate CA but made in Japan.  I have a 300 Wby with a 24" barrel that I know is older but I want to find how much so.
Title: Re: Who has the oldest Weatherby rifles?
Post by: cenzo152000 on January 06, 2012, 08:01:55 PM
Fortunate to have late Fathers 1954 270 Weatherby Magnum Deluxe, Mauser action, that was sent to Bloomingdales Department Store NYC.  Also picked up a 1957 300 Weatherby Magnum Deluxe, Mauser action - production rifle right before Mark V went into production.  Its cool to know this Company's history. Both tack shooters. 270 is 26" barrel, 300 is 24".

Today, I proudly own a Mark V Deluxe 300 WBY Mag, made in USA, Atascadero, CA. Nothing shoots flatter....(http://s3.amazonaws.com/weatherbynation/41709-400x400.jpg) (http://www.weatherbynation.com/image/tid/2346?startId=41709)
Title: Re: Who has the oldest Weatherby rifles?
Post by: moreychuck on January 07, 2012, 10:04:32 AM
1954 fn 30-06 shoots tight ;D
Title: Re: Who has the oldest Weatherby rifles?
Post by: Chip on January 07, 2012, 10:11:26 AM
You have a 54 Mauser in 30-06 that was done by Weatherby?   I guess I didn't realize they did them in non magnums back then.   
Title: Re: Who has the oldest Weatherby rifles?
Post by: trappers son on January 07, 2012, 10:16:17 AM
i have a german mark v 7mm p35763
and a japan mark v 257 h103193
anyone know when they are made?
Title: Re: Who has the oldest Weatherby rifles?
Post by: NMARKANITE on January 07, 2012, 02:18:18 PM
I inherited a 1948. 300 that has seen many a Midnight Sun in Alaska. and shows it and a 1952 30-06 both of these are pre MK V and have been heavily used. The still shoot great but I retired them for newer MK Vs over the years...Pictures to follow later.

Yes we are still waiting on those pictures TJ??
Title: Re: Who has the oldest Weatherby rifles?
Post by: cenzo152000 on January 07, 2012, 03:25:44 PM
The 1954 is in 270 not 30-06.  It's awesome to shoot and  both the 54 and 57 have had minimal rounds shot thru it. I've shot more with the USA 300 Mark V than both the 54 and 57 combined. Great rifles. All have papers from Weatherby as well.
Title: Re: Who has the oldest Weatherby rifles?
Post by: longhardhead on June 11, 2014, 11:12:32 AM
I see there are a lot of older Weatherbys out there.  I just purchased a 1968 Weatherby MarkV Deluxe 30.06  Ser # P31###.  I have dated this one to 1968.  The second year that Weatherby manufactured the 30.06.  This is was also manufactured in West Germany.
Title: Re: Who has the oldest Weatherby rifles?
Post by: Marishka on June 11, 2014, 12:10:58 PM
1958 Mk V in .375 Weatherby Magnum purchased off Gunbroker, the 630th Mk V made. I have decided to have it refinished. Here is a link to the gunbroker   page which some of you have already seen, About 12 photos of it are there.

http://www.gunbroker.com/Auction/ViewItem.aspx?Item=416363596
Title: Re: Who has the oldest Weatherby rifles?
Post by: 224KING on June 11, 2014, 02:23:15 PM
I've got a 1952 model 22-250 with double set triggers, a chrome bore, 26 inch barrel, and a J Unertl fixed 12X in target blocks. That's 13 years before the ammo was sold over the counter. Also have a 1949 or 50 model round nose in 270 Winchester. I just got a letter of authenticity back on a 26 inch, 220 Rocket that was built in 1957. I'm working on a letter of authenticity of a 220 Swift that I think is 54 or 55 model. If you can't tell by my handle here, I like the 22 cal. Weatherby's.
Title: Re: Who has the oldest Weatherby rifles?
Post by: 224KING on June 11, 2014, 02:46:27 PM
By the way. That 57 model 220 Rocket shoots 5/8ths inch groups while fire forming brass out of 220 Swift ammo. So far I haven't reloaded any of the brass yet,but have data from an old Weatherby manual listing near 4400 FPS loads for a 50 grain pill.
Title: Re: Who has the oldest Weatherby rifles?
Post by: cessna172 on June 27, 2014, 10:11:46 PM
(http://i369.photobucket.com/albums/oo136/cessna_album/Weatherbysquircorrected.jpg) (http://s369.photobucket.com/user/cessna_album/media/Weatherbysquircorrected.jpg.html)
First year of the .22 deluxe (made in Italy).  I'm now 71 years old, so I guess this is quite a while ago.  Grandkids now shoot it, so it's still in the family.  I'm guessing early 60's).
Title: Re: Who has the oldest Weatherby rifles?
Post by: Eagle Rider on June 28, 2014, 05:04:01 AM
I'm beat,.... 1976 is my oldest.  Unfortunately, I older than it is. 
Title: Re: Who has the oldest Weatherby rifles?
Post by: nwredneck253 on July 21, 2014, 05:57:26 PM
i currently own 2...    I have a first year German made mark V in .300 that does not have the fluted bolt.
 I also have a Japanese made .340.. I was made in the mid 80's for a Weatherby Distributor as a sales promotion item.. It has the fancy wood stock  26" barrel and the Weatherby Custom engraved floor plate..  It also has a Weatherby  4 power scope setting on top of it ( there for looks i assume)     this rifle has never been fired. I picked it up at an auction when the Distributor died..
Title: Re: Who has the oldest Weatherby rifles?
Post by: 11 Charlie on July 21, 2014, 08:35:48 PM
My 300 WBY isn't  old like "beginning of Weatherby firearms" old. It's just old for the "return to the USA" Weatherbys as it has an SB prefix serial number under 100.
Title: Re: Who has the oldest Weatherby rifles?
Post by: PARA45 on July 22, 2014, 04:22:41 AM
nwredneck, how about posting pictures of your rifle :D
Title: Re: Who has the oldest Weatherby rifles?
Post by: Bugs Bunny on February 18, 2016, 09:22:45 PM
Just picked up a 1954 300wby (mauser action) 202x serial - hoping to get some info on the old "very odd" rifle.

We have german / jap & USA made MKV's but the mauser is the one I prefer.
Title: Re: Who has the oldest Weatherby rifles?
Post by: mdwbbi on February 19, 2016, 09:47:19 AM
Received this Weatherby 300, passed down from my grandfather, who received it from a patient of his.  For the life of me, I cannot locate a S/N on it.  I'm guessing it's from mid-50s, with a 1917 Enfield action. Any info would be appreciated.
Title: Re: Who has the oldest Weatherby rifles?
Post by: 224KING on February 24, 2016, 10:23:37 AM
SN is probably under the front scope mounting base.Your rifle is what's called a "Round Nose" and it will be under the 1200 SN.SN will probably be under a 1000.
Title: Re: Who has the oldest Weatherby rifles?
Post by: mdwbbi on February 24, 2016, 02:46:13 PM
SN is probably under the front scope mounting base.Your rifle is what's called a "Round Nose" and it will be under the 1200 SN.SN will probably be under a 1000.

224KING,
Thanks for the info.  I spoke with someone in the Weatherby custom shop regarding my rifle, and it sounds like it may be from late 40s.  How does "Round Nose" apply to this rifle?  I understand how it applies to some large caliber bullets with a round nose, but not sure what it means in regards to this rifle.
Title: Re: Who has the oldest Weatherby rifles?
Post by: 224KING on February 24, 2016, 08:23:57 PM
The first rifles that were converted or built from scratch by Roy had a rounded fore end on the stock.Sometime in between the SN 1100 and 1200 he started building them like they are still to this date with a more squared off fore end clip with the reversed 45 degree angle.See how much different your fore end clip is compared to the Deluxe models today?That is what I'm talking about.There are a certain few collectors that only collect these rifles.
Title: Re: Who has the oldest Weatherby rifles?
Post by: mdwbbi on February 25, 2016, 08:38:33 PM
I removed the scope mount and found the SN under the front mount as suggested in replies here.  The pic shows U.S. Model of 1917 Remington 348054.  Did Weatherby build rifles with Remington Enfields?  Or is this something else all together?
Title: Re: Who has the oldest Weatherby rifles?
Post by: 224KING on February 26, 2016, 02:50:29 AM
Early Weatherby conversion.Butt pad pretty much seals the deal.I believe it to be authentic.It does have a white diamond inlay in the pistol grip cap doesn't it?
Title: Re: Who has the oldest Weatherby rifles?
Post by: mdwbbi on February 26, 2016, 07:01:36 AM
Early Weatherby conversion.Butt pad pretty much seals the deal.I believe it to be authentic.It does have a white diamond inlay in the pistol grip cap doesn't it?
Yes, it does.
Title: Re: Who has the oldest Weatherby rifles?
Post by: sam20 on August 14, 2017, 11:21:54 AM
I inherited mine at the age of 13yrs old i am now 39. from my uncle who was a marine sniper in Vietnam he said weatherby had a rep on the base and was giving them discounts for the military guys if i remember right he said he paid somewhere around 300.00 for it (dont quote me on that).  300.wby mag Mark V made in Germany serial #30026 the only hunting rifle i have ever owned. i have no intentions on selling it but i would like to know the value of it if anyone knows. its still in great shape the blueing is not perfect but no rust and no pits.
Title: Re: Who has the oldest Weatherby rifles?
Post by: 224KING on August 16, 2017, 06:14:18 AM
700 to 1200 depending on condition and what scope/mounts it has
Title: Re: Who has the oldest Weatherby rifles?
Post by: Elvis300 on March 15, 2018, 06:38:46 AM
I know my 270 Weatherby is not the oldest by far but it is an older model.  The safety is not on the bolt , the bolt is not fluted and it doesn't say Made in West Germany on the barrel but does say it under the action .  The Mark V designation on the side is written a little different than later models , has Pat pending instead of pat numbers and the serial number has no letters. The kick pad says  Weatheby's "tomorrow's rifles today" South gate, Calif.  I believe it was made around 61-62. The only thing I know for sure is I love it ! 😃
Title: Re: Who has the oldest Weatherby rifles?
Post by: DHard on March 21, 2018, 04:01:54 PM
I have serial number 106 in 300 Weatherby Magnum.  It is stamped with South Gate, Calif on the left.  How old is it?
Title: Re: Who has the oldest Weatherby rifles?
Post by: DHard on March 21, 2018, 04:06:43 PM
#106
Title: Re: Who has the oldest Weatherby rifles?
Post by: DHard on March 21, 2018, 04:08:56 PM
More #106
Title: Re: Who has the oldest Weatherby rifles?
Post by: 224KING on March 21, 2018, 08:40:40 PM
I have serial number 106 in 300 Weatherby Magnum.  It is stamped with South Gate, Calif on the left.  How old is it?




I would put it at 68
Title: Re: Who has the oldest Weatherby rifles?
Post by: DHard on March 21, 2018, 09:52:41 PM
I have serial number 106 in 300 Weatherby Magnum.  It is stamped with South Gate, Calif on the left.  How old is it?




I would put it at 68

I think 1949.  Ď68 would have a prefix, it would not have a round nose, and would not be on a Mauser action, right?
Title: Re: Who has the oldest Weatherby rifles?
Post by: 224KING on March 22, 2018, 05:52:10 PM
68 Years old.You asked how old is it not what year made.
Title: Re: Who has the oldest Weatherby rifles?
Post by: DHard on March 22, 2018, 07:44:27 PM
68 Years old.You asked how old is it not what year made.

My apologies 224KING.  I had read most of your posts wondering how I could be so wrong on this one.  Obviously you know your stuff.  I found a group of guns that have me wondering if Roy Weatherby had something to do with each one.  I will post pictures this weekend.  The deceased owner, Carl Vincent Little, lived in Fremont, Ca.  The guns include a Sporterized 1942 G33/40, engraved by Jos. Leuthner; #106 I posted here, a modified US 1917 Remington Enfield, and more.  Iíve been around guns my whole life and knew about Weatherbys, but didnít know if he was customizing guns.  i.e. machine turning bolts to include the bolt knob.  The craftsmanship is just too good to be the average Joe gunsmith. 
Title: Re: Who has the oldest Weatherby rifles?
Post by: 224KING on March 22, 2018, 08:04:17 PM
Sure could be.That fits the profile before he started building rifles with his chamberings.He would take your rifle and put his signatures to it.
Title: Re: Who has the oldest Weatherby rifles?
Post by: DHard on March 26, 2018, 08:58:16 PM
Sure could be.That fits the profile before he started building rifles with his chamberings.He would take your rifle and put his signatures to it.

224KING, Please have a look at these guns and let me know your thoughts.  Do they carry Roy Weatherby's signature work?
Title: Re: Who has the oldest Weatherby rifles?
Post by: 224KING on March 27, 2018, 05:10:58 PM
Generally if he took in a rifle and did work it came out with a white diamond in the pistol grip cap,a rosewood tip on the fore end and a honey comb butt pad with an inscription that read "Weatherbys Tomorrows Rifle Today" then Southgate,California.
Title: Re: Who has the oldest Weatherby rifles?
Post by: DHard on March 27, 2018, 09:50:37 PM
Generally if he took in a rifle and did work it came out with a white diamond in the pistol grip cap,a rosewood tip on the fore end and a honey comb butt pad with an inscription that read "Weatherbys Tomorrows Rifle Today" then Southgate,California.

Thank you sir.