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Rifles / New .257 WM Mark V
« on: October 15, 2018, 11:30:10 AM »
So the sad saga of the Gun Show 1960 257 WM Mark V is over. That rifle is now retired being returned to original condition and then hung above my mantle (I don't use the fireplace).

The new rifle arrived last week while I was fishing Pyramid Lake, Nevada so I took a day off from fishing and went into Reno to pick it up. The new rifle seems heavier with the #2 Barrel and the stock is stouter but there is a remarkable likeness in the figuring and looks a lot like the original rifle after I refinished the stock. I was pleasantly surprised to see that this one is marked "Made in USA". Not that this is anything wonderfully better but it's just nice to see.

I've attached pics of the new rifle.

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I have a beautiful XX Claro Walnut Boyd's Stock with a 13-3/4 length of pull that I would like to sell. The stock has all the trimmings and beautiful full wrap checkering. It also has the Pachmayr recoil pad which is probably the best you can buy. The stock fits German Mark V rifles not Japanese. I had the stock built for my 1960 .257 WM Mark V and then found out that the barrel was shot out. Rather than replace the barrel I purchased a new .257 WM Mark V. The stock is only a few weeks old. I'm asking 500.00 which isn't much less than you would pay ordering your own but you can have it much faster than if you waited the 6 weeks it takes to get one made for you. I'll pay ground shipping, if you want it faster, you pay the shipping.

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Around the Campfire (General Discussion) / 1960 Mark V 257 WM mondernizing.
« on: September 25, 2018, 06:21:56 PM »
Got my 257 at a gun show last month and completely refurbished the stock. I free floated the barrel, added aluminum pillar posts and bedded the action. I took it out to the range and it shot sub moa but the length of pull was too short for my 36" arms and I was having difficulty getting a good cheek weld at a proper eye relief. Since this is not a rare rifle with any collector value I decided what the heck, have a custom stock made to fit me. I went to Boyd's Gun Stocks and had them make me one of their Platinum series XX Claro Walnut stocks with a 13-3/4" length of pull. I dressed it up with all the trimmings and when it arrived today, it fit perfect. I put it together and it's such a good fit that I don't think it will need bedding. I did loose the distinctive dropped comb of the Weatherby stock but some trade offs were necessary.

When I pull the rifle up it welds almost instantly and the eye relief is perfect with zero side to side drift. In other words, it fits me perfectly.

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Rifles / Walmart Vanguard Select .308 (Closeout Special 249.00
« on: September 14, 2018, 12:08:27 PM »
I may have just put lipstick on a pig, I dunno…

I put a Hogue fully bedded over molded stock on it, Howa 1500 mag conversion kit, Atlas bipod and adapter, Night Force scope base (these fit perfect without bedding and are actually for a 1500/Vanguard not a Rem 700). Swarovski X5 scope and Timney single stage 2.5 lb trigger. Going out to break it in next week and then see what she'll shoot.

I also got the .270 and .243 at Walmart at the same time I got the .308 and I put the Hogue stocks on them, Night Force rails and Vortex Diamond Back 3x9-40 scopes. I don't plan any other changes on those.

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Accessories / Mark V Trigger Guard Screws
« on: September 09, 2018, 11:29:12 AM »
Looking for a set of Trigger Guard Screws for my 1960 pre-Mark V German (J.P) .257 Magnum. If no one knows where to get them can someone give me the original length of the rear screw? I believe these are 1/4 x 28 tpi and I can make them from tool steel on my lathe but then I have to blue them, etc. Much cheaper if I can just find a set or a set that fits.
The rear screw is 1.625 long and that's the one I need.

Thanks in advance for the help.
Steve

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Rifles / Weatherby .257 Magnum Mark V
« on: August 29, 2018, 10:37:31 AM »
Hi, Weatherby's archives are unavailable right now so I was hoping someone here might be able to help me out.

At a gun show last weekend, I found a Weatherby Mark V .257 Magnum (actually I found 4). The one I finally bought had a stock that looked like it was finished with a paint brush and the bore was coppered up but the lands did not look bad. The action wasn't as smooth as I thought it should be but i could see the dirt in it so I took a chance. The guy wanted 1500.00 for it with an old fogged up Leupold scope so I offered hin 1000.00 and told him to keep the scope. We settled on 1100.00 and I walked out a little more than skeptical about this rifle I had bought.

Anyway, the serial number is 28779 and there is no prefix. It's marked as made in Germany and the Mark V is stamp is just that with "PattentPending" below it. The only other markings are .257 Magnum and Weatherby. It is not marked Southgate as one might expect. Weatherby info seems to indicate that it's a Pre-Mark V. Both FN Mauser and Brevex Mauser are listed as having no pre-fix. I'm suspecting that it's an FN Mauser but I suppose it could be a Brevex.

If anyone can provide me with more info on this rifle I would truly appreciate it.

Thanks in advance

The pic's attached are the before and after's.

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