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General

Can I send my rifle back to Weatherby for rebluing and installation of a new stock?

Yes - Please contact Weatherby first and then your rifle can be sent to Weatherby for refurbishing or modification.


Does my stock require special torque procedures when tightening the screws attaching the stock to the action on my Weatherby rifle?

Screws for wood stocks have a torque specification of 35 inch pounds. Please note, however, that you should tighten the rear screw first and then the front screw.

If yours is a Fibermark or an Accumark stock, the torque specification is 55 inch pounds.
The correct assembly procedure is:

  1. Tighten the rear trigger guard screw first to 30 inch pounds.
  2. Align the barrel to the center of the barrel channel in the fore stock.
  3. Tighten the front trigger guard screw to 30 inch pounds.
  4. Tighten the rear screw to 50-55 inch pounds.
  5. Finally, tighten the front trigger guard screw to 50-55 inch pounds. 

Applying this method, using a torque screwdriver of the proper size, will insure the proper fit between the receiver, and custom aluminum bedding block, as well as the proper positioning of the barrel in the barrel channel.


What is trigger take-up, creep, break, overtravel, reset, etc.?

The link below is to an outstanding article on triggers by Steve Jenkins at Real Gun Reviews. It specifically discusses “handgun triggers” and we know sporting rifle triggers do not come in double action, DA/SA etc. None-the-less, the premise and definitions of all the elements (take-up, creep, break, overtravel, etc.) is applicable to rifles. We’ve yet to find better information anywhere on this subject and should answer all your questions and solve the mystery of triggers. Enjoy!

READ THE ARTICLE


How much does barrel length affect velocity?
Muzzle velocity
(ft/s)
Range of barrel
length to which data applies
(inches)
Approximate change
in velocity for each 1 inch change in barrel length
(ft/s)
Up to 2000 20-26 5
2001-2500 20-26 10
2501-3000 20-26 20
3001-3500 20-26 30
3501-4000 20-26 40

If I order a Weatherby rifle can it be shipped to my friend who has his own FFL?

The rifle must be ordered through a Weatherby Dealer or Distributor.


The Vanguard is an economically produced alternative to the Mark V. Why then wouldn’t Weatherby also produce a left handed Vanguard to compliment the Mark V left handed rifles?

The tooling cost for creating a left handed version of the Vanguard is cost prohibitive.


What are the differences between Vanguard and Mark V Rifles?
  Mark V® Magnum Mark V® Standard Vanguard®
Locking Lugs Nine Six Two
Bolt Lift 54 Degrees 54 Degrees 90 Degrees
Bolt Release Pull Trigger Pull Trigger Side Release
Magazine Capacity 2+1 in .378 & up; 3+1 in .257 through .375 H&H 5+1 4+1 in .22-.250 Rem. 3+1 in .257 WBY. MAG., .270 WSM., 7mm Rem. Mag., .300 WSM., .300 WBY. MAG., .338 Win. Mag., 5+1 in .223 Rem., .22-250 Rem., .243 Win., .270 Win., .308 Win. and .30-06 Sprg.
Floorplate Release Located on the inside of the trigger guard Located on the inside of the trigger guard Located on the outside of the trigger guard
Currently Manufactured USA USA Japan

What does Weatherby recommend as a break in procedure?

TWO BOX BARREL BREAK-IN

This barrel break-in procedure requires two boxes of ammunition to complete. Start out by shooting one round at a time, cleaning the barrel thoroughly after each round and allowing it to cool. This process should be followed for a total of ten rounds.

Then take the remaining thirty rounds and shoot ten three shot groups, cleaning the barrel thoroughly after each group and allowing it to cool completely before firing the next group. Once ten, three shot groups have been fired the barrel is adequately broken in. At this point the rifle can be sighted in and used.


What is the rate of twist and how does it affect accuracy?

Twist- the rate of spiral of the rifling. Given as the barrel length required for making one full revolution: i.e., “one turn in ten inches,” etc.
Nosler Reloading Guide #6, November 2007

The rate of twist affects which bullets are the most stable in flight. This then determines the best accuracy for your rifle.

* It is important to note that the rate of twist is determined by the cartridge developer and is usually at the optimum twist rate for stability.


What is the accuracy guarantee of my Weatherby rifle?

All Weatherby Vanguard rifles with a serial number prefix of “VB” are guaranteed to shoot a .99" or better 3-shot group at 100 yards from a cold barrel when used with premium (non-Weatherby calibers) or Weatherby factory ammunition.

All Weatherby Mark V rifles and all other Vanguard rifles with serial numbers beginning with V, VL, VS, or VX, are guaranteed to shoot a 1 ½” or better 3-shot group at 100 yards from a cold barrel when used with premium (non-Weatherby calibers) or Weatherby factory ammunition. Together, the Weatherby system (premium ammunition and rifle) forms the flattest shooting, hardest hitting, most accurate combination in the industry today.

If you are experiencing accuracy problems, then please follow the subsequent steps to either correct or identify the issue.

Accuracy Checklist

- ACTION SCREWS: Confirm that these screws are tight. With aluminum bedded stocks, verify that the screws are torqued to 55 inch-lbs, while wood and synthetic stocks should be torqued to 35 inch-lbs. (See attachment for torquing procedures)

- SCOPE MOUNTS: Use a quality set of scope mounts, and verify that they have been securely mounted to the firearm.

- SCOPE: Use a quality, tested scope, and verify that it is securely mounted to the firearm.

- AMMUNITION: Test fire the rifle using only premium or Weatherby factory ammunition. Please see attached lists for our recommendations.

- CROWN: Verify that the barrel’s crown is free of any dings, gouges or large scratches.

- CLEAN BARREL: Use a trusted copper solvent, such as Sweet’s 7.62, to thorough clean the bore (follow manufacturers instructions for any brand used).

WARNING: MODIFICATION OF THE ORIGINAL BARREL OR FACTORY STOCK BEDDING WILL VOID THE ACCURACY GUARANTEE.

If all of the preceding components have been checked, and are known to be working properly, then please call the Weatherby Customer Service Department at 1-800-227-2023 for an RMA number.

NOTE: WEATHERBY WILL NOT ACCEPT ANY FIREARMS WITHOUT PRIOR APPROVAL. PLEASE CALL FOR AN RMA NUMBER.

NOTE: ALL FIREARMS MUST HAVE OPTICS AND MOUNTS REMOVED PRIOR TO RECEIPT, OR THE SENDER WILL BE SUBJECT TO A SCOPE REMOVAL AND REMOUNT FEE.


What is the specified firing pin protrusion from the bolt?

.063-.069


What is the throat length (free bore) on your Weatherby rifles chambered for Weatherby magnum calibers?
Cartridge Throat length (free bore)
224 Weatherby Magnum .162
240 Weatherby Magnum .169
257 Weatherby Magnum .378
6.5-300 Weatherby Magnum .2037
270 Weatherby Magnum .378
7MM Weatherby Magnum .378
300 Weatherby Magnum .361
340 Weatherby Magnum .373
375 Weatherby Magnum .373
378 Weatherby Magnum .756
416 Weatherby Magnum .239
460 Weatherby Magnum .756
30-378 Weatherby Magnum .361
338-378 Weatherby Magnum .361

Will Weatherby ever make left-handed rifles again, if so what calibers?

Some Weatherby® Mark V rifles (.257 Wby. Mag. - .460 Wby. Mag.) can be ordered as a left hand model. For more information, please call the Weatherby Custom Shop at (805) 227-2600.


Do you do service work on any other brands?

No. We have not offered any service work on other products since 1994.


My Weatherby firearm needs service. Where do I send it?

There is a list of Weatherby Authorized Service Centers located on this website. We recommend you send it to the service center nearest you.


Why are some Weatherby rifles “free floated” and some are not?

We have found through our testing that barrels having a smaller outside diameter than our #3 contour require upward pressure to help stabilize the barrel for increased accuracy. Our free floated barrels have enough rigidity in the barrel for them to be free floated.


Do you know of any bore guides for Mark V, Vanguard or Mark XXII?
  • Stoney point XL bore guide.
  • Midway sells a bore guide by MTM for calibers .25 to .378.
  • Brownells has a bore guide for the MarkXXII.

I have a problem with my Weatherby gun safe. Who do I contact?

Two different safe companies manufactured Weatherby safes. Contact information is as follows:

American Security
11925 Pacific Avenue
Fontana, CA 92337
PH: 1-951-685-9680
Serial # prefix- GS and KS

Fort Knox
993 North Industrial Park Way
Orem, UT 84057
PH: 1-801-224-7233


What is Weatherby’s Warranty Policy?

The Weatherby Service Policy can be found here.



Accubrake

Can I send my rifle back to Weatherby to have an Accubrake installed?

There are Weatherby-authorized Accubrake™ installation centers located across the United States. You can have an Accubrake™ installed on your rifle at any one of these centers or in the Weatherby Custom Shop in Paso Robles, CA. The work done by these centers is the same as would be done by the factory and the warranty of the rifle would still be in place. A list of these authorized installation centers can be found on this website or you can call Weatherby for a list.


Does the Weatherby Accubrake affect accuracy? And if so, in what way?

Any muzzle brake can change the harmonics of the barrel. However; with the Accubrake we normally see only a slight change in the point of impact, not in the accuracy of the rifle.


What are the threads on an Accubrake?

Threads on the Accubrake are dependent on the barrel contour.

Contour Thread
#1 contour 1/2-28
#2 contour 9/16-24
#3 contour 5/8-24
#4 contour 11/16-24


Ammunition

Can I order and receive Weatherby ammunition?

Ammunition is restricted from sale to AK, CA, CT, District of Columbia, HI, IL, MA, NJ and NY. All ammunition is considered hazardous and will be shipped ground, contiguous 48 states only. A street address is required for delivery.


Does Weatherby offer ammunition for non-magnum cartridges?

Weatherby currently manufactures ammunition for Weatherby Magnum calibers only, and has no intentions to manufacture standard cartridge ammunition on an ongoing basis. Weatherby recommends you purchase premium standard cartridge ammunition from a high quality ammunition manufacturer for use in your Weatherby rifle.

NOTE: Weatherby did produce a small run of non-Weatherby caliber ammunition in 1997. Calibers included: .270 Win. .30-06 Sprg., 7mm Rem. Mag., .300 Win. Mag., .338 Win. Mag. and .375 H&H Mag.


Does Weatherby offer any reloading data? or reloading dies?
Weatherby does not offer reloading information. Weatherby once made reloading dies, but they have been discontinued. We suggest you obtain reloading information from the following:
Hornady
P.O. Box 1848
Grand Island, NE 68802-1848
(800) 338-3220
Nosler, Inc.*
P.O. Box 671
Bend, OR 97709
(800) 285-3701
Barnes Bullets Co.*
P.O. Box 215
American Fork, UT 84003
(800) 574-9200
email@barnesbullets.com

Accurate Arms Co., Inc.*
5891 Highway 230
West¨McEwen, TN 37101
(615) 729-4207

Sierra Bullets
P.O. Box 818
Sedalia, MO 65302-0818
(660) 827-6300
sierra@sierrabullets.com

Speer, Inc.
P.O. Box 856
Lewiston, ID 83501
(800) 666-5761

* Newest editions contain loading data on the .30-378 Weatherby Magnum and .338-378 Weatherby Magnum cartridges.


Does Weatherby recommend specific ammunition for each caliber to get the best accuracy?

Following are some of the initial loads used in Weatherby’s shop when testing for accuracy:

223 Remington Winchester 45gr Jacketed Hollow Point
(USA22322)
  Federal 55gr Nosler Ballistic-Tip
(P223F)
  Barnes Vortex 55gr TSXFB
(21520)
22-250 Remington Barnes 50gr Vortex TSX
(22008)
  Winchester 45gr Hollow Point
(USA222502)
  Federal 55gr Soft Point
(22250A)
243 Winchester Barnes Vortex 80gr TTSX
(21522)
  Federal 80gr Soft Point
(243AS)
  Federal 100gr Soft Point
(243B)
240 Weatherby Magnum Weatherby 85gr TTSX
(B24085TTSX)
  Weatherby 100gr Nosler Partition
(N240100PT)
  Weatherby 100gr Spitzer
(G240100SR)
257 Weatherby Magnum Weatherby 100gr Barnes TTSX
(B257100TTSX)
  Weatherby 80gr Barnes TTSX
(B25780TTSX)
  Weatherby 100gr Spire Point
(H257100SP)
  Weatherby 115gr Nosler Ballistic-Tip
(N257115BST)
  Weatherby 100gr Spitzer
(G257100SR)
25-06 Remington Barnes Vortex 100gr TTSX
(21557)
  Federal 117gr Sierra Gameking
(P2506C)
  Federal 117gr Speer Hot-Cor
(2506BS)
6.5 Creedmoor Hornady 140gr ELD
(81500)
  Hornady 120gr A-MAX
(81492)
  Hornady 129gr SST
(81496)
  Hornady American Whitetail 129gr
(81489)
  Hornady 120gr GMX
(81490)
6.5-300 Weatherby Magnum Weatherby 127gr Barnes LRX
(B653127LRX)
  Weatherby 140gr A-Frame
(F653140AF)
  Weatherby 130gr Scirocco
(F653130SCO)
270 Winchester Barnes Vortex 130 gr TTSX
(21524)
  Federal 130gr Soft Point
(270A)
  Federal 130gr Sierra GameKing Boat-Tail Hollow Point
(P270D)
  Federal 150gr Sierra Gameking
(P270C)
270 Weatherby Magnum Weatherby 130gr Barnes TTSX
(B270130TTSX)
  Weatherby 140gr Ballistic Tip
( N270140BST)
  Weatherby 130gr Hornady Spire Point
(H270130SP)
7mm-08 Remington Barnes Vortex 120gr TTSX
(21561)
  Federal 150gr Speer Hot-Cor
(708CS)
  Federal 140gr Nosler Ballistic Tip
(P708B)
7mm Remington Magnum Barnes Vortex 140 gr TTSX
(21526)
  Barnes Vortex 150 gr TTSX
(21563)
  Federal 175gr Soft Point
(7RB)
  Federal 150gr Soft Point
(7RA)
7mm Weatherby Magnum Weatherby 140gr Barnes TTSX
(B7MM140TTSX)
  Weatherby 120gr Barnes TTSX
(B7MM120TTSX)
  Weatherby 154gr Hornady Spire Point
(H7MM154SP)
308 Winchester Barnes Vortex 168 gr TTSX
(21541)
  Barnes Vortex 150 gr TTSX
(21540)
  Federal 165gr Sierra GameKing Ballistic-Tip
(P308C)
  Federal 150gr Soft Point
(308A)
308 Winchester Heavy Barrel Varmint & Tactical Rifles Federal 168gr Sierra MatchKing Boat-Tail Hollow Point
(GM308M)
30-06 Springfield Barnes Vortex 168gr TTSX
(21565)
  Barnes Vortex 180gr TTSX
(21533)
  Federal 165gr Sierra GameKing Boat-Tail Soft Point
(P3006D)
  Federal 150gr Soft Point
(3006A)
  Federal 180gr Soft Point
(3006B)
300 Winchester Magnum Barnes Vortex 180gr TTSX
(21538)
  Barnes Vortex 165gr TTSX
(21537)
  Federal 150gr Speer Hot-Cor
(300WGS)
  Federal 180gr Speer Hot-Cor
(300WBS)
300 Weatherby Magnum Weatherby 165gr Barnes TTSX
(B300165TTSX)
  Weatherby 180gr Barnes TTSX
(B300180TTSX)
  Weatherby 165gr Nosler Ballistic Tip
(N300165BST)
  Weatherby 165gr Hornady Spire Point
(H300165SP)
  Weatherby 180gr Hornady Spire Point
(H300180SP)
  Weatherby 180gr Nosler Partition
(N300180PT)
30-378 Weatherby Magnum Weatherby 180gr Barnes TTSX
(B303180TTSX)
  Weatherby 165gr Barnes TTSX
(B303165TTSX)
  Weatherby 200gr Nosler Partition
(N303200PT)
  Weatherby 165gr Nosler Ballistic Tip
(N303165BST)
  Weatherby 180gr Nosler Ballistic Tip
(N303180BST)
338 Winchester Magnum Barnes Vortex 225gr TTSX
(21542)
  Federal 210gr Nosler Partition
(P338A2)
340 Weatherby Magnum Weatherby 225gr Barnes TTSX
(B340225TTSX)
  Weatherby 225gr Hornady Spire Point
(H340225SP)
338 Lapua Magnum Federal 250gr Sierra Matchking
(GM338LM)
  Norma 250gr Sierra HPBT
(10185192)
  Norma 300gr Sierra HPBT
(10185212)
338-378 Weatherby Magnum Weatherby 225gr Barnes TTSX
(B333225TTSX)
  Weatherby 250gr Nosler Partition
(N333250PT)
375 H&H Magnum Federal 300gr Soft Point
(375B)
  Federal 300gr Trophy Bonded Bearclaw
(P375T3)
378 Weatherby Magnum Weatherby 270gr Barnes TSX
(B378270TSX)
  Weatherby 300gr Hornady Round Nose
(H378300RN)
416 Weatherby Magnum Weatherby 350gr Barnes TTSX
(B416350TTSX)
  Weatherby 400gr Hornady Round Nose
(H416400RN)
460 Weatherby Magnum Weatherby 450gr Barnes TSX
(B460450TSX)
  Weatherby 500gr Hornady Round Nose
(H460500RN)


Weatherby offers rifles in standard caliber chamberings. Do they make ammunition for them?

Weatherby currently manufactures ammunition for Weatherby Magnum calibers only, and has no intentions to manufacture standard cartridge ammunition on an ongoing basis. Weatherby recommends you purchase premium standard cartridge ammunition from a high quality ammunition manufacturer for use in your Weatherby rifle.

NOTE: Weatherby did produce a small run of non-Weatherby caliber ammunition in 1997. Calibers included: .270 Win. .30-06 Sprg., 7mm Rem. Mag., .300 Win. Mag., .338 Win. Mag. and .375 H&H Mag.


What are the primary factors regarding bullet stability?
  • Twist rate (the distance in which the bullet makes one complete revolution in the barrel).
  • Bullet length
  • Velocity
  • Air density

What does B.C. mean on the ballistic charts?

B.C. stands for ballistic coefficient.

Ballistic Coefficient (BC) is the ratio of a bullets sectional density to its coefficient of form, used to describe the bullets effectiveness in overcoming air resistance.
Nosler Reloading Guide: fifth edition. USA: 2002


When were the Weatherby cartridges developed?
Cartridge Introduced Commercially
.220 Rocket Magnum 1945
.224 Weatherby Magnum 1964
.228 Weatherby Magnum 1947
.240 Weatherby Magnum 1968
.257 Weatherby Magnum 1945
.270 Weatherby Magnum 1945
7MM Weatherby Magnum 1947
.300 Weatherby Magnum 1945
.30-378 Weatherby Magnum 1996
.340 Weatherby Magnum 1963
.338-378 Weatherby Magnum 1998
.375 Weatherby Magnum 1947
.378 Weatherby Magnum 1956
.416 Weatherby Magnum 1989
.460 Weatherby Magnum 1959

Where can I obtain loading data for Weatherby cartridges?
Hornady
P.O. Box 1848
Grand Island, NE 68802-1848
(800) 338-3220
Nosler, Inc.*
P.O. Box 671
Bend, OR 97709
(800) 285-3701
Barnes Bullets Co.*
P.O. Box 215
American Fork, UT 84003
(800) 574-9200
email@barnesbullets.com

Accurate Arms Co., Inc.*
5891 Highway 230
West¨McEwen, TN 37101
(615) 729-4207

Sierra Bullets
P.O. Box 818
Sedalia, MO 65302-0818
(660) 827-6300
sierra@sierrabullets.com

Speer, Inc.
P.O. Box 856
Lewiston, ID 83501
(800) 666-5761

* Newest editions contain loading data on the .30-378 Weatherby Magnum and .338-378 Weatherby Magnum cartridges.


Do you have load data for the 6.5-300 Weatherby Magnum?

Yes. You can find information in the 6.5-300 Weatherby Magnum Pet Loads® article from Handloader Magazine by Wolfe Publishing. A PDF of the article is available below for download.

Download Article

Who makes Weatherby's ammunition?

Norma



Mark V

Are any components interchangeable between the Mark V and the Vanguard?

No. Components are not interchangeable between the Mark V and the Vanguard.


Are Mark V barrels cryogenically treated?

No.


How do I adjust the trigger pull on my Mark V rifle?
The Mark V trigger assembly has two socket cap (Allen-type) adjusting screws. The socket cap screw on the bottom of the trigger assembly adjusts for weight and trigger pull, and is for your use. The socket cap screw on the top of the trigger assembly adjusts sear engagement and is for use by Weatherby factory and Authorized Service Center personnel only.

WARNING!! Do not attempt to adjust sear engagement, make any adjustments other than as described below, or modify the trigger assembly in any way. Improper adjustment or modification of any firearm trigger assembly can result in the firearm discharging prematurely due to a “hair trigger,” minor bumps or movement, possibly resulting in serious injury or death.The trigger assembly has been set at the factory for weight of trigger pull appropriate for most shooters. If you require a heavier or lighter weight of trigger pull, adjust as follows:

1. Keeping the muzzle of the rifle pointed in a safe direction and your fingers out of the trigger guard and away from the trigger at all times, unload the rifle as follows:

  • Move the safety lever to the forward position to unlock the bolt.
  • Raise the bolt handle and pull the bolt to the rear to extract and eject any chambered cartridge.
  • Place one hand under the floorplate to catch cartridges to be removed from the magazine.
  • With your free hand, press the floorplate release to open the floorplate and remove any cartridges from the magazine.
  • Reposition the magazine follower inside the magazine and close the floorplate.
  • Visually double check the chamber and the magazine to make sure there are no cartridges remaining in the rifle.

2. Removal of stock is not necessary. The socket cap adjusting screw is accessible through the opening in the trigger guard, just forward of the trigger.

3. To increase weight of trigger pull, with a hex key (Allen-type) wrench of the proper size, turn the bottom socket cap screw clockwise (when viewed from the bottom) until desired weight of trigger pull is established.

To decrease weight of trigger pull, with a hex key of proper size, turn the bottom socket cap screw counter-clockwise (when viewed from the bottom) until desired weight of trigger pull is established.

NOTE: For safety reasons, weight of trigger pull will not be adjusted below three pounds. To determine trigger weight requires use of a trigger scale.

4. After adjusting the trigger to the desired weight, engage the safety and pull the trigger to its limit. Release it slowly to ensure that it returns to the forward position. If the trigger does not return to its position, you have adjusted the trigger pull too lightly.


What are the barrel threads of the Mark V?

Mark V barrel threads are 1-1/16-16, UNA – 3A


What is the bolt diameter for a Mark V?

The bolt diameter for the Mark V 9 lug bolt is .842.

The bolt diameter for the Mark V® 6 lug bolt is .706.


When was my Mark V made?
Mark V®  
Mark V® (USA) PFI  (1958 -1959) NONE
Mark V® (Germany) (1959 - 1973) p
Mark V® Varmint Master (1964 – 1973) S
Mark V® (Japan)   (1972 - 1994) H
Mark V® (Japan)   (1972 - 1994) S0
Mark V® Silhouette Pistol (1980 - 1981) M
Mark V® (USA)
 
Mark V® Magnum - 9 Lug Receiver (1994 – 2002) SS
Mark V® Magnum - 9 Lug Receiver (1995 – 2002) SB
Mark V® Magnum - 9 Lug Receiver (2002 – 2004) BW
Mark V® Magnum - 9 Lug Receiver (2002 – 2004) SW
Mark V® Magnum - 9 Lug Receiver (2004 - ) PB
Mark V® Std. Caliber - 6 Lug Receiver (1996 – 1998) AB-AS
Mark V® Std. Caliber - 6 Lug Receiver (1998 – 2004) WB
Mark V® Std. Caliber - 6 Lug Receiver (1998 – 2002) WS
Mark V® Std. Caliber - 6 Lug Receiver (2004 – present) BP

Why did Weatherby discontinue stainless steel Mark V rifles?

Decreasing demand for stainless steel rifles generally caused it to be discontinued.



Mark XXII

Do the magazines for the bolt action Mark XXII fit earlier models of the Mark XXII?

No, but we do sell magazines for both models.


Where can I buy Mark XXII magazines?

Mark XXII magazines can be purchased from Anschutz. The part numbers for the magazines are: #012961 1517-U4 Magazine 4-shot, cal. .17 HMR, #001153 1420-U5 Magazine 5-shot, cal. .22 LR and #001154 1420-U13 Magazine 10-shot, cal. .22 LR

Visit ANSCHUTZ North America: http://www.anschutznorthamerica.com/contact.html or ANSCHUTZ Germany: http://jga.anschuetz-sport.com/index.php5?menu=480&sprache=1 for more information.



Optics

Does Weatherby still make rifle scopes? If not, what scope do they recommend?

Weatherby no longer manufactures rifle scopes, or other optic products, nor do we promote any particular brand. We do recommend, due to the amount of recoil sometimes experienced with the larger magnum rifles, that you choose a well-made, high quality scope.


When did Weatherby produce rifle scopes?
Mark XXI ® scopes Manufacturer: Asia optical (Japan) 1964-1989
Sightmaster® spotting scope Manufacturer:  Asia optical (Japan) 20X-45X:
1972- 1982
20x-60x:
1983-1989
Imperial® scopes Manufacturer: Hertel & Reuss,  (West Germany) 1954-1973
Premier® scopes Manufacturer: Asia Optical (Japan) 1973-1982
Supreme scopes Manufacturer: Asia Optical (Japan) 1983-1994

Where do I send my old Weatherby scope for repair?

We recommend sending scopes for repair to the businesses listed below:

For Imperial®:
Parsons Scope Service
1563 Compton Road
Cincinnati, OH 45231
Phone: 513-867-0820



Scope Mounts

Do you have a Picatinny rail for the Mark V?

We do have Picatinny mounts for the Mark V® (both two-piece and One-Piece). Near Manufacturing, Talley Manufacturing and EGW (Evolution Gun Works) have a Picatinny rail for the Mark V and Vanguard lines as well.


Do you have a Picatinny rail for Vanguard rifles?

Near Manufacturing, Talley Manufacturing and EGW (Evolution Gun Works) have a Picatinny rail for both Mark V and Vanguard rifles.


What Leupold bases will fit my Mark V or Vanguard rifles?

9 lug Mark V or Vanguard: Leupold Models - 51701-51710

6 lug Mark V: Leupold models - 52507-52510


What Talley bases will fit my Mark V or Vanguard rifle?

9 lug Mark V - Talley Model-252705

6 lug Mark V - Talley Model-252706

Vanguard - Talley Model- 252734


What are the recommended scope mount torque specs?

We recommend 20-25 inch lbs for bases and 15-18 inch lbs for rings.


What scope ring height do I need for my Mark V or Vanguard rifle?

Vanguard Lightweight Scope Mounts

Height Obj. Diameter Magnum (G) Obj. Diameter Standard (G)
Low 2.00" 2.00"

Medium 2.20" 2.20"

High 2.40" 2.40"


Steel Fixed & Quick Detachable Rings

Height Obj. Diameter Magnum (G) Obj. Diameter Standard (G)
Low 2.036" 1.94"

Medium 2.236" 2.14"

High 2.436" 2.34"



Shotguns

Can I use steel shot with my older Weatherby (Centurion I, Centurion II or Model 82)?

If it is a fixed choke barrel, we do not recommend using steel shot. However, if you have stainless steel removable factory choke tubes, we recommend using only modified or larger chokes.


What choke tube should I use when using steel shot?

When using steel shot, you should only use stainless steel choke tubes with modified or larger chokes.


Which choke tubes work in my shotgun?
IMC (Integral Multi Choke)

Models that use this choke pattern:

  • SA-08 (12 & 20 gauges only)
  • PA-08 (all)
  • SA-459 Turkey Xtra Green
  • Orion
  • Element (12 & 20 gauges only)

The IMC choke tube thread pattern is compatible with the following choke tube patterns: Browning Invector (not Plus), Mossberg Accu-Choke and Win-Choke. Suggested aftermarket choke tube manufacturers: Trulock, Carlson’s, Briley Manufacturing.


Beretta/Benelli Mobil Choke

Models that use this choke pattern:

  • PA-459 (all)
  • SA-459 (except Turkey Xtra Green)
  • SA-459 Turkey Mothwing Spring Mimicry (Discontinued Model)
  • SA-08 (28 Gauge only)
  • Element (28 gauge only)

Suggested aftermarket choke tube manufacturers: Trulock, Carlson’s, Briley Manufacturing.


The Use of Slugs

Smooth bore barrels with choke tubes should have "Cylinder Choke" tubes installed when using Foster or Bernneke style rifled slugs. A "Cylinder Choke" will provide the best accuracy. Any choke with constriction of .020" or more can result in damage to the barrel. Our "Improved Choke" tubes have a constriction of .013" and therefore may be used with rifled slugs; however, accuracy may be compromised. Weatherby recommends slugs only be fired using a non-ported cylinder choke.

At no time should you shoot without a choke tube installed as this may cause damage to the choke tube threads in the barrel.


How can I identify the choke tubes that came with my Weatherby shotgun?

Choke tubes can be identified by the number and placement of small notches found on their muzzle ends.

O Extra Full
I Full
II Improved Modified
III Modified
IIII Improved Cylinder
IIIII Skeet
IIIIII Cylinder
I-I SC I
II-II SC II

When was my over/under shotgun made?
Over/Under Shotguns Series # Pre-fix
Regency® (Italy) Over/Under (1967 – 1982) R
Olympian® (Japan) Over/Under (1977 – 1981) K-R-W
Athena® (Japan) Over/Under (Version I) (1982 – 1990) D-F-FF
Athena® III, IV, V (Japan) Over/Under (1990 – 2007) DA-DF
Orion® (Japan) Over/Under (Version I) (1982 – 1990) E-G-EE-GG
Orion® I II III (Japan) Over/Under (1990 – 2007) EN-ER-GN-GR
Side-by-Sides  
Athena® SxS (Italy) (2005 - ) FS
Orion® SxS (Italy) (2005 - ) FS
Athena® D’Italia III, IV, V   (Italy) Over/Under (2007 - ) L
Orion ® D’Italia I, II, III, SC.  (Italy) Over/Under (2007 - ) B - L

When was my Weatherby pump shotgun made?
Pump Shotguns Serial # Prefix
Patrician® I Pump (Japan) (1972 – 1974) S0
Patrician® I Pump (Japan) (1973 – 1975) N - NS
Patrician® I Pump (Japan) (1975 – 1976) S / W
Patrician® II Pump (Japan) (1976 -1981) NS
Model 92 Pump (Japan) (1982 – 1989) None
PA-08 Pump (Turkey) (2008 –) TP

When was my semi-auto shotgun made?
Semi-Auto Shotguns Serial # Prefix
Centurion® Semi-Auto (Japan) (1972 – 1974) NA
Centurion® Semi-Auto (Japan) (1974 – 1976) A / W
Centurion® II Semi-Auto (Japan) (1976 – 1981) A - NA
Model 82 Semi-Auto (Japan) (1982 – 1989) None
SAS (Japan) (1999 – 2002)  SA
SAS (Italy) (2002 – 2007) Q -X
SA-08 Semi-Auto 12 ga. (2008 –) AD
SA-08 Semi-Auto 20 ga. (2008 –) AE

How do I break-in my Element or SA-08 shotgun?

All semi-auto firearms need a break in period for optimum performance and the SA-08 is no different. We have found that a minimum of 100 rounds should be fired using ammunition that reliably cycles the action before the shotgun can be considered to be "broken in". During the manufacturing process, the action is mechanically cycled 750 times on an automated machine built especially for this purpose. Actual firing of the shotgun, however, is still needed in order to seat and mate the internal parts of the shotgun.

Recommended Loads for Break In

12 gauge: 1 1/8 oz., 1,300 fps or greater
20 gauge: 7/8 oz., 1,300 fps or greater
28 gauge: 3/4 oz., 1,300 fps or greater


What are the load requirements for my semi-auto shotgun?

Regardless of what you’ve heard, it’s always been difficult to get a single valve system to effectively cycle everything from ¾ oz. through heavy 3" magnum loads. Our SA-08™ is specially-designed with a unique dual valve system that lets you quickly change the valve to adjust for different loads, species or seasons. The valves are easily accessible and slide on and off in an instant. A key benefit of this dual valve system is how it manages recoil and reduces it compared to single valve shotguns. With its simple design, the SA-08™ is also one of the easiest semi-autos to clean—a critical component for dependable performance in the field. Put simply, the SA-08™ is the most versatile autoloader you can carry and a real joy to shoot (see chart below for valve/load recommendations).

SA-08™Minimum Load RequirementVelocity
12 Gauge 1 1/8 oz. loads 1300 FPS
20 Gauge 7/8 oz. loads 1300 FPS
28 Gauge N/A N/A
SA-459™Minimum Load RequirementVelocity
12 Gauge 1 1/4 oz. loads 1330 FPS
20 Gauge 1 oz. loads 1300 FPS

Vanguard

Have Vanguard rifles always been built in Japan?

Yes.


What are the barrel threads of the Vanguard rifle?

Vanguard barrel threads are 26mm 1.5 pitch.


What is the bolt diameter for the Vanguard?

The Vanguard bolt diameter is .680.


Why didn't my Vanguard rifle come with a factory shot target?

In an effort to contain costs and keep the Vanguard as affordable as possible, we discontinued the inclusion of a factory-shot target in each Vanguard box in July 2009. All Weatherby® Vanguard Series 2 rifles with a serial number prefix of “VB” are guaranteed to shoot a .99" or better 3-shot group at 100 yards from a cold barrel when used with premium (non-Weatherby calibers) or Weatherby factory ammunition.

All other Weatherby Vanguard rifles with serial numbers beginning withV, VL, VS, or VX, are guaranteed to shoot a 1 ½” or better 3-shot group at 100 yards from a cold barrel when used with premium (non-Weatherby calibers) or Weatherby factory ammunition. Together, the Weatherby system (premium ammunition).


Why did the 223 Remington and 308 Winchester twist rates change for Vanguard rifles?

Weatherby has changed the twist rate of the Vanguard rifles in the 223 Remington and 308 Winchester chamberings to give the rifle the ability to accurately shoot longer, heavier bullets which are growing in popularity in these chamberings.

The 223 Remington was changed from a 1-12" twist rate to a 1-9" twist rate. The twist rate will be the new 1-9" rate from serial number VB084281.

The 308 Winchester was changed from a 1-12" twist rate to a 1-10" twist rate. The twist rate will be the new 1-10" rate from serial number VB046406.