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Old September 6, 2006, 01:40 PM   #1
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Nickle Plated Weatherby?

Did Weatherby not make a nickle plated version of the MarkV at one time instead of stainless or am I remembering things?If they did,what happened to it?
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Old September 6, 2006, 04:42 PM   #2
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I do belive they did,I remember seeing one in 300 Weatherby mag at Rays sporting good on rt 22 in New Jersey in 1974 I wanted to buy it but my first wife(Cheryl) had other idea's. it stood out from the pack and called my name softly saying buy me buy me buy me .if I knew then what I know now I would told her to go F*** herself and bought it right off the bat.I believe it was taged $549.99 and that was a lot of money back then .she made me sell my lemon twist 1970 Plymoth Cuda 440 six pack with a 4 speed and a 4.11 dana 60 to buy a new 1973 VW bug because it got better gas mileage.the bug cost $2300.00 out the door .there has to be a special place for exwifes in hell .
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Old September 6, 2006, 06:12 PM   #3
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What's the Cuda worth now.Twenty or thirty grand restored.Boy,if we new then....Anyhow,I considered one it seems because I was thinking that it would be smoother than stainless.May find one on Gunbroker or something if I new what they called it.
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Old September 6, 2006, 07:42 PM   #4
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Buster you and I must have be married to the same B...h ! I was working for the Gubbamint in DC and Newark during that dark year! I remember Ray's! You didnt live around Freehold did you? The Jersey gun laws were just turning to poop around then BTW !
More to the point : I collect Weatherby's. I have a German .224 Varmint Master, a German MK V .300 , a Jap .257 , an old South Gate FN Mauser .375 Weatherbyy, and a Schultz and Larsen South Gate .378. I was friends with Joe Dutra (before his passing he made me a few specials, and I bought some of my Olde Weatherby's from him) who was Roy Weatherbies shop foremanfor years. I really don't remember a nickle plated one. Electro less Nickle was develop for fire arms by Colt in 73 , but nobody else used it for a few years.
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Old September 7, 2006, 09:43 AM   #5
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I used to look through the Weatherby catalogs pretty regularly, but I don't recall mention of nickel plating. I'd most likely have tried to forget, though. That plating always seemed gaudy to me.

I wound up in 1971-ish with a Mark V. #2 profile, 26" barrel, in .30-'06. German made. The trigger never seemed righteous, so I put a Canjar on it. Had to float and shim the barrel to get good groups, but it still gives me 3/4 to 1 MOA. Ol' Pet has been with me for many a mile in really rough country...

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Old September 7, 2006, 01:07 PM   #6
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I had a factory electroless nickel-plated .300 wby. It had a black synthetic stock, and was called the mark V "alaskan", around 1990 maybe. It was replaced rather quickly with the mk. V stainless.
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Old September 7, 2006, 03:27 PM   #7
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Gordo b, I lived in Parsipany/lake Hiawatha .maybe the one at rays was used but it sure was a Weatherby and it sure was nickel,it had a very nice wood stock and was the first rifle i had ever seen that was nickel plated matt finish .someone could have had it plated and sold it or traded it ,it looked brand new not a nick or scratch anywhere .damn I sure wish it was 1974 again .Jersey had some lame gun laws ,but the pizza was good .
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Old September 7, 2006, 04:32 PM   #8
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Thanks for the info.I thought they had made one and was curious if there was a noticeable difference in how smooth the action was compared to stainless .Market obviously decided against it.
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Old September 7, 2006, 07:12 PM   #9
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Prior to Weatherby switching manufacturers sometime in the early '90's they did have a Nickel version of the Mark V.
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Old September 8, 2006, 07:56 AM   #10
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The Alaskan was very smooth, moreso than the stainless. It also rusted very easily, just as quickly as a blued gun, and i found out the hard way.
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