That's a great price for a very good rifle if they are new. The 300 Weatherby is a very nice cartridge, with more power than the 300 Win Mag and a little less than the 300 Ultra Mag. Again, like any big magnum, this rifle does recoil fairly hard when you shoot, but the performance of this caliber is hard to argue with. Brass and ammo can be expensive if you don't handload, but if you do handload once you have a solid stock of brass it should last for quite a while. All the Weatherby brass is manufactured by Norma, so it's top grade stuff. I've shot this round quite a bit, and it's very impressive.
Also, check the targets included with the rifle from the Weatherby factory if these rifles are new. Every Weatherby rifle comes with a test target shot with Winchester Power Point ammo, which is fairly inexpensive. It should give you a very good idea of how that particular rifle performs. I've seen these targets with three shot groups that measured under .250", which is absolutely phenomenal for a hunting rifle and looks like one ragged bullet hole in paper. Weatherby Mark V rifles have a great pedigree, and I would bet that you would be very pleased if you ended up picking one up.
Shot lots of elk and several sheep with a 300 Weatherby. Using a 165 or 180 grain factory load with a Nosler Partition or Barnes Triple Shock you can kill anything that walks on this continent. They are especially good for shooting elk across canyons and such in the west. You have to get used to the recoil by shooting them a lot, but it is one hell of a round. I also have a 300 Ultra and 300 WSM. I've had this one the longest and murdered lots of stuff with it.
Sounds like a winner. Have it on hold and will be picking it up tomorrow. Will be using it in Alaska this August. Thanks for the input.
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I have 2 original,German made weatherbys a .300 mag and 700 mag. I would never change and I have tried many others and always come back to my weatherbys. As long as you use premium ammo you will never have an issue with these rifles., I have updated the optics and they are the flattest shooting rifles ever!
The 300 Wby is a good round as are other 300s. The Mark V is an excellent rifle. I have owned (past tense) several very good Mark V Weatherby rifles. Now I shoot mostly Vanguards.
I just picked up a Vanguard S2 Stainless in 257 wby with 24" tube for $550 new. It shoots the same handload as my Mark V Accumark with 26" tube did with only 25 fps loss in velocity. I would say if you can pick up a Vanguard S2 in any 300 cal go for it. It will be cheaper than the Mark V and lighter to boot.