I've done a little Bottom Feeding to aquire my 3 Mark V Weatherbys.
1st one 1982, just married, new house ect,
an older icehouse buddy (mentor) had a house broken into and guns stolen
from the Humble area. His brother ran a body shop where he had taken in a
700 BDL 270 and a German 300 wby mark V for $400 of repair work owed to him some 10 years prior, Well my mentor took the 270 and offered the 300 to me for $250. I countered with $215 and a gallon of Jack Daniels. And I was off and running as a proud Weatheryby owner.
2nd In 87 I saw 1984 Oylimpic edition 300 Mark V in a pawn shop east of Houston. for $900. It sat there for 2 years. Until one day I had completed an upgrade on some high power elect switchgear and had a pickup truck full of old solid copper buss bar. After a stop at a east Houston scrap metal yard I got this rifle for 6 bills and no out of pocket $$$.
Now these were both sure fine looking and shooting rifiles but I was always concerned about taking them afield to the West Texas Fort Stockton area for my Mule and Whitetail deer hunts and damaging them.
So for the 3rd
In the mid 90's One day afterwork I stopped by a liquior store for a 1\2 gallon of Crown to share with some of my ice house Mentors. I picked up 2 scratch off tickets with the change. And popped a $500 winner.
Well after celibrating at the ice house and giving my wife $50 (because I love her)
I had $407 the next day to head to Carters Country. Where they had one 300wby Mark V Weather Mark on sale for something like $578. A month or so later I was at the Pasadena gun show and found a Leupold 50 mm 3.5 x10 matte finish scope on a table wich I offered and got for $200.
This Mark V with it's Synthetic stock wound up being the best shooter of the 3.
On a side note in 89 I found eight boxes of factory 110 grain ammo in a Gun shop in South Miami Fla these boxes were older and no longer in production. I checked some older factory data and read where the rounds were rated to fly at 4100 fps. I got all eight for $20 a box instead of the $25 to $29 price back then. These rounds would hit slightly higher @ 200yds than @ 100 or in other words. Still climbing. I never shot these rounds on paper past 200 yards but never adjusted point of sight up to 350 yards. Coyotes sure look small that far away.
Somehwere around 99 or 2000 I found a web site called Auction Arms.com.
What a neat place.
This was about the same time I was thinking about putting a muzzle break on #3 Mark V but didn't want to have the original barrell modified. I found a new light weight factory barrel on auction and bid 35$ and won. Had my gunsmith
mount a KDF brake and the barrel.
Since the modifacation the rifle groups about 1" at 100yds instead of 3/4" and I have futher damaged my hearing from the muzzle blast of this 300 cannon.
So now in the new meliniuem I pick up my 150 grain balistic tip custom loaded ammo from T'S ammo in Texas city for $18 a box and don't worry about what Wheatherby rifles are on sale.