I just received a Weatherby Mark V Deluxe in 300 Magnum made in Japan from the estate of my boss who passed away last month. The serial number is H123XXX. From the test target included with the rifle it was made in April of 1979 and test fired on April 16, 1979.
I also found out that the Japanese rifles were evidently made for Weatherby by Howa, who has a good reputation for quality.
I have started checking prices so I can sell it for his wife. So far it looks like they reasonably sell for $1,000 to $1,400.
Let me know what you find out about the Japanese Weatherby you are looking at because it may help me sell the one I have.
I have attached some pictures of the one I have so you can compare them to the rifle you are looking at. I don't know if it will work or not. This is my first time on a forum like this so this is one big experiment for me.
I hope this information helps.
Last edited by OggieO; 07-22-2008 at 10:33 PM.