Weatherby, Inc. is coming to town… Forgive us for non-stop acting like joyous kids at Christmas.
Founded over 70 years ago, Weatherby is a prestigious, family-owned company that continues to fuel the passion of hunters and shooters around the globe by building some of the world’s finest firearms. With a legacy of setting new standards in ballistics and performance, the company is committed to redefining excellence on the range and in the field.
Thanks, in part, to the Wyoming Business Council and Sheridan Economic and Education Development Authority (SEEDA) Joint Powers Board, who worked with Governor Matt Mead and other impactful economic diversity-driven groups in Wyoming to develop a $12.6 million grant package being used to build a 100,000 square-foot building in the Sheridan High-Tech Business Park for the firearms mega-manufacturer to lease from SEEDA upon its much-anticipated 2019 relocation of operations and corporate headquarters from Paso Robles, California, to Sheridan.
The move to 82801—creating 70 to 90 jobs and more than $5 million annually in payroll over the next five years while they’re at it—has Wyomingites feeling just a wee bit excited.
Here’s why: The Weatherby line features popular Vanguard® rifles, legendary Mark V® rifles (production and custom), Weatherby Shooting Systems™ Rifles, Threat Response shotguns and other shotguns in over/under, semi-auto and pump designs. These bad boys are not-only American-made (and, soon-to-be Wyoming-made), they’re all 5-star rated across the board for value, quality and performance.
As we pause to wipe the drool from our faces, here’s some details and mechanical specifications on a few of our favorite firearms from the Weatherby line of awesomeness. Let’s start with the high-end MARK V line, shall we?
The Marksman’s Staple
You won’t have to worry about the weather with the new Mark V rifles that will begin being manufactured right here in Sheridan at the all-new Weatherby Inc. Sheridan facility, where skilled craftsmen will provide the exceptional quality and attention to detail you’ve come to expect from the legendary name. All Mark V rifles come with Weatherby’s SUB-MOA accuracy guarantee and their staple hand-lapped barrels that ensure that the bullet’s flight path will be true and consistent. Here’s a look at three of our hand-picked favorites from this line:
MARK V® WEATHERMARK™
• SUB-MOA accuracy guarantee (.99” or less 3-shot group at 100 yards when used with Weatherby factory or premium ammunition)
• LXX Trigger
• Fluted Bolt Body
• 54-Degree Bolt Lift
• Integral Recoil Lug
• Cocking Indicator
• Magnum 9-Lug or Standard 6-Lug Action
MARK V® TACKMARK ELITE™
Perfect for long-range, competition shooting, Weatherby combined the 9-lug Weatherby action, new LXX trigger and 5-round detachable magazine to make this wickedly-accurate tack-driver. Plus, with fully-adjustable stock, the TACKMARK ELITE fits in just right everywhere and every time for shooting and hunting.
Barrel and Metalwork:
• Krieger Custom match grade
• Free Floating
• #3 contour
• Hand-honed action to assure 100% lug contact with the receiver
• DD Ross tactical bolt knob
• Muzzle brake has 90-degree lateral gas dispersion ports
• Detachable 5 round box magazine
MARK V DELUXE MSRP
• Stock has been designed with a slimmer forearm and more distinctive lines and contours
• Grip diameter has been reduced
• Slight right-hand palm swell
• “AA” fancy grade Claro walnut Monte Carlo stock (French walnut on 460 Wby. Mag model)
• Fineline, diamond point checkering, rosewood forend and grip cap with Maplewood spacers
• Pachmayr Decelerator recoil pad
Not your daddy’s rifle, the Vanguard line of Weatherby is well-known for delivering the unmatched knockdown power of both the Weatherby Magnum and standard calibers: providing the confidence of guaranteed SUB-MOA accuracy without compromise. Add in a match quality, two-stage trigger that breaks crisp and clean, and you’ll begin to understand why the Vanguard has become one of the most popular rifle options today. Shoulder a Weatherby Vanguard and see for yourself… the best rifle value on the market today.
I am a huntress who loves everything about the pursuit and will never surrender my femininity.
Designed by women for women. Shorter and slimmer in all the right ways. Now available in 6.5 Creedmoor for women shooters. A love story: “Since introducing Camilla, a rifle named after Roy Weatherby’s wife and the First Lady of the Weatherby family, the glowing response from female shooters has been amazing,” said Adam Weatherby, President of Weatherby, Inc. “It was a natural extension to offer the rifle in 6.5 Creedmoor for long-range match shooting and hunting. It packs a serious wallop without harsh recoil, so it’s really a joy to shoot this gun,” Weatherby said in a 2017 press release from the company. Like all Weatherby Vanguard rifles, Camilla provides confidence with a match-quality, twostage trigger that breaks crisp and clean. Its 20-inch #1 contour barrel guarantees SUB-MOA accuracy, and when cycling 6.5 Creedmoor cartridges at long range, Camilla proves that Nothing Shoots Flatter, Hits Harder, or is More Accurate® than a Weatherby. Available Calibers: .243 Win, 6.5 Creedmoor, 7mm-08 Rem, and .308 Win.
Smooth. Reliable. Easy on the shoulder. These are the three characteristics used most often to describe the Weatherby SA-08 and SA-459 gas-operated semi-auto shotguns. The dual valve system allows for you to tailor your load from upland loads to 3” magnums. Common features of Weatherby’s semi-auto line include: CNC-machined aircraft grade aluminum, chrome-plated bolt for increased durability and corrosion resistance, drop out trigger system for easy cleaning.
SA-459™ TURKEY XTRA GREEN
The SA-495, pictured, combines the smooth cycling action of the Weatherby dual valve system with the control of the ergonomic pistol grip for sure handling. Other shotguns can’t put a Tom down as efficiently as this shotgun that’s perfect for gobblers.
• Realtree Xtra® Green camo pattern adhered to all stock components
• Rubberized pistol grip for one hand control • Swivel studs included
Weatherby also teams with a select group of celebrities and professional athletes who serve as spokespersons for the company as a part of Team Weatherby including professional snowboarder Scotty Lago. Team Weatherby is co-sponsored by Leupold & Stevens, Inc.
For more information, go to TeamWeatherby.com and Weatherby.com. You can also visit the free Weatherby online community at WeatherbyNation.com and follow @weatherbyinc on Twitter.
By: Stephanie L. Scarcliff with Justin Moore of Weatherby Inc. for 82801
Photos courtesy of Kevin Wilkerson / Weatherby Inc.