History

From Passionate Beginnings
- 1945 -

The smell of rich leather and gun oil greeted every customer stepping into Weatherby's Sporting Goods in California, where the legend began. It wasn't a big store, just 25' x 70', but it promised the beginning of something huge.

Thinker, Tinkerer & Innovator

With a mind as fast as the cartridges he designed, Roy Weatherby relied on his trusty dictating machine (pictured) to document his rapid-pace innovations. He was a stickler for detail with all of his notes, memos, ballistic data and photographs.

257 Weatherby Magnum
- 1945 -

Roy Weatherby’s personal favorite. Travels 3,870 fps (80 grain bullet), giving you the flattest trajectory of any 25 caliber rifle in the world.

270 Weatherby Magnum
- 1945 -

A turbo-charged version of the popular 270 Winchester.

300 Weatherby Magnum
- 1945 -

By far the most popular and versatile Weatherby cartridge available.

Power Hungry

Roy destroyed a lot of things when testing his magnum cartridges, from watersoaked Los Angeles telephone books to bullet-proof glass – which his ammunition penetrated, by the way.

7mm Weatherby Magnum
- 1947 -

Introduced nearly 20 years before the popular 7mm Remington Magnum, the Weatherby version gives non-handloaders handloaded 7mm magnum performance.

375 Weatherby Magnum
- 1947 -

This cartridge is the result of giving the "Weatherby treatment" to the legendary 375 H&H.

Always Evolving
- 1951 -

Weatherby's outgrew its space, and in 1951 relocated to Firestone Boulevard just around the corner from the old store. It housed the store, gun shops, offices and even a 100-yard underground rifle range. Sportsmen and women came from far and near to visit Weatherby's.

Take Stock in Weatherby

Wanting a rifle that was a true extension of the shooter, Roy identified shortcomings in other bolt-action stocks. So he designed his own for exceptional fit, balance and identifiable style.

- 1954 -
The Mark V Action
- 1958 -

With Weatherby's hot cartridges, there came a need for a bolt-action capable of handling the magnum power. Behold, the Mark V action. With up to nine locking lugs and "overbuilt" craftsmanship, the Mark V design remains the strongest bolt-action rifle today.

378 Weatherby Magnum
- 1959 -

Designed to replace the 375 Weatherby Magnum, deep penetration and bone smashing power are the calling cards of the 378.
Note: Available on Schultz & Larsen action in 1955

460 Weatherby Magnum
- 1959 -

Considered to be the world’s largest, most powerful shoulder-fired cartridge, the 460 shoots a 500 grain bullet at 2,600 fps, delivering an incredible 7,507 foot pounds of muzzle energy.
Note: Available on Brevex action in 1957

340 Weatherby Magnum
- 1963 -

The 340 Weatherby was designed as a response to the 338 Winchester Mag. However, Roy took advantage of the longer case to pack in more powder for greater velocity.

The Mark XXII
- 1964 -

To bring Weatherby excellence into the hands of small game hunters, the Mark XXII .22 rifle debuted and saw production until 1988. Today these beautiful and accurate semiautos are highly sought by collectors.

224 Weatherby Magnum
- 1964 -

This is the only commonly available varmint cartridge with a belted case design – a design usually reserved for larger cartridges.

For Waterfowlers & Upland Hunters
- 1967 -

When Weatherby enthusiasts asked for a fast-pointing, smooth-swinging shotgun, Roy delivered with the first Weatherby over/under. Pumps and semi-automatics would soon follow, and today Weatherby shotguns are still revered for their dependability, fit and balance.

240 Weatherby Magnum
- 1968 -

Delivers 3,500 fps muzzle velocity (80 grain bullet) and is, on average, considerably faster than any existing standard 6mm cartridge.

Enter the Vanguard
- 1970 -

For hunters loyal to non-Weatherby calibers, Roy didn't want to leave them out of the family. So he introduced the Vanguard rifles chambered for some of the world's most popular big game and varmint cartridges.

Sightmaster Spotting Scope
- 1972 -
Premier Scope
- 1973 -
Roof-Prism Binoculars
- 1978 -
What a Pistol!
- 1981 -

Only 200 Weatherby Silhouette Pistols were manufactured, making this unique handgun a rare and treasured collector's item.

Family Leadership
- 1983 -

In 1983, Roy passed the Weatherby torch to his son Ed. In the decades to follow under Ed's leadership, Weatherby grew in both Mark V and Vanguard offerings, including the newest Vanguard rifles with guaranteed SUB-MOA accuracy. In addition to rifles, Weatherby's ammunition, semi-auto and pump shotguns, accessories and apparel continue to delight sporting enthusiasts worldwide.

416 Weatherby Magnum
- 1989 -

The 416 has quickly become one of the best all-around cartridges for Africa.

Weatherby Foundation International Presents: Legacy

30-378 Weatherby Magnum
- 1996 -

The 30-378 was designed & tested in late 1959 - early 1960 by Weatherby at the request of the United States Army for the Redstone Arsenal in Huntsville, Alabama. Loads were to be developed to exceed 4000 FPS & as close to 5000FPS*. When it was commercially introduced in 1996, it was billed as the world’s fastest 30 caliber cartridge and will push a 30 caliber bullet 3,500 feet per second.
*Test #1 77.2 gr 30 cal. bullet, Highest instrumental velocity recorded 4650 FPS
Test #2 55 gr 30 cal. bullet, Highest instrumental velocity recorded 4794 FPS
Test #3 45 gr 30 cal. bullet, Highest instrumental velocity recorded 5555 FPS
Test #4 29 gr 30 cal. bullet, Highest instrumental velocity recorded 6438 FPS

338-378 Weatherby Magnum
- 1998 -

Another Weatherby wildcat, first developed in the 1960s. This is the ultimate cartridge for long-range, big game hunting.

The Vanguard Camilla
- 2016 -

Named after Roy's wife and the First Lady of Weatherby, the Vanguard Camilla is a rifle designed by women, for women - with elegant lines and a design that fits the female form.

6.5-300 Weatherby Magnum
- 2016 -

The 6.5-300 Weatherby Magnum is the fastest production 6.5mm there is.

Transition In 2017

Tomorrow

Weatherby's industry-leading performance spans more than 70 innovative years and 3 generations of family leadership. Yet, while our place in history is firmly established, it's our future vision that shines brightest of all.