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New Weatherby Mark V Rifle and Scope

We spent several days inspecting and testing an entirely new bolt action rifle by Roy Weatherby, in caliber .300 Weatherby Magnum. The rifle tested is one of the pilot models and, while it shows some slight bugs still to be worked out, is on the whole a damn good rifle.

Roy has achieved one of the most streamlined and neatest appearing of all bolt actions. In some respects it resembles some other actions, and in others it is a radical departure from anything on the market. Externally, it is the most streamlined of all bolt actions. A smooth shroud completely covers the cocking piece and gives the rear end of the action smooth lines, as it comes up flush with the top of bridge and bolt handle and completely seals the rear end of the striker. There is no possibility of any escaping gas ever coming to the rear to endanger a shooter's eyes.

The bolt handle is very well shaped and made for low scope mounting, with checkered knob. The bolt shell or body is of large diameter, the same as the outside diameter of the locking lugs. This makes for the smoothest possible bolt race, as there are no protruding lugs to cramp the bolt in its travel. There are three sets of lugs and three to each set, placed on the extreme front end of the bolt where they belong for finest accuracy. These nine locking lugs take up about the first one inch of the bolt.

The extractor is very similar to that of the Schultz & Larsen extractor, and is wide enough to get a good bite on the rimless case head. Three gas ports extend down the side of the bolt when in closed position, to bleed off any escaping gas from a pierced primer or enlarged primer pocket, so that escaping gas cannot possibly blow down into the magazine and wreck the rifle or come to the rear to ruin the shooter's eyes.

The whole cartridge case head is enclosed in the recessed bolt face, and the ejector is of the Remington plunger type, inserted in the bolt face but made larger and stronger than any I have heretofore seen. Both extractor and ejector worked perfectly. The cartridge case is completely enclosed in solid barrel bolt-face steel, and is supported its full length.

Both bridge and receiver are of generous diameter and width, and the left side of receiver is not cut out for any weakening thumb slots. The rifle has the smoothest bolt throw of any bolt action yet tested, and we believe this to be the strongest bolt action we have yet seen, with more safety features to protect the shooter.

Bolt stop is a heavy steel pin in bottom of bolt race under the bridge, actuated by the sear spring. The bottom of bolt has a grooved race cut for this bolt stop pin. It is about a quarter inch in diameter, and seems to work perfectly, even when bolt is withdrawn as hard as one can throw it. I have always been skeptical of any sear bolt stops, having seen some which sometimes left an excited hunter with a bolt in one hand and the rifle in the other. I can see little or no possibility of this bolt stop ever shearing off, as it is quite sturdy in size. Tolerances must be close as to protrusion to allow the boll to work freely.

Trigger pull is perfect, one of the best I have ever felt on a bolt action rifle; no creep, no back lash or take-up, crisp as breaking glass and just about right for weight on a hunting rifle. At a guess I should say this one pulls about 3 to 3V> pounds.

The floor plate is hinged, with a trip or release just in front of trigger guard actuated in the guard itself. (I would prefer that this floor plate release be inside the guard rather than on the front outside of the trigger guard.) The hinged floor plate and I he magazine spring and follower work perfectly when one wishes to change ammunition in a hurry. Simply trip the magazine release and dump its contents into your (Continued on page 40)

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