I agree with Kdub. the German are most sought, then the USa, then the Jap. the earliest were built on Enfield astions and certainly wre not as 'sleek' as todays MarkV. weatherby only retained the Enfiled p14 safety.
I've had two bolt guns made by Howa (Weatherby's Japanese Factory). One was a beautiful Smith and Wesson 1500 in .30-06. It was perhaps the most accurate rifle I ever owned with a variety of loads. I traded it for a Winchester Model 70 Featherweight. The second is a Howa 1500 in .308 which has become my go-to tree stand rifle due to its handy 20" barrel and youth Hogue stock. It's just real handy in a tree. It too is very accurate. The Weatherby's made there are suppose to be as good or better, so I wouldn't hesitate at all. Japanese steel quality is second to none.
The Japanese made guns were thought to be better than the German made MKV's, at least in house. I'm not sure how the American made rifles stack up, but I wouldn't hesitate to own the Japanese made gun.
A little off track on some of this.
This is a Mark V not a Vanguard. they are totally different design and manufacture.
The Mark V is a finely finished rifle of top quality, it is not made by Howa. The fit and finish, especially the bluing is great. It was made by Miroku. The quality of Miroku is seen as they make the Winchester and Browning reproduction of Classic rifles and shotguns, like the winchester m71, etc.
$850 is in the right area, sort of depends upon the condition. Most Mark V are in very good shape, because they were premium rifles to start and were taken good care of. Bought one (US made) used in 7mm Weatherby for $950 with a scope and thought I got a bargain last spring. I suspect the prices on bolt guns will go up just like the Automatics.
I have owned both Sauer and Miroku Weatherbys in 224,257, 270, 7mm and 300 and found no difference in the way they shot.The Sauers were a little better cosmically but all shot good.These were all Mark V.I sure wish I had some of them back.I have found the people that bad mouth the Mark V are the ones that never owned one.
I've got 2, one in a 243 and one in a 270 mag.My 243 will shoot 3 shot groups 1/2 inch and under at 100yds .My 270 mag shoots just like the target showed in previous post.I will try to guess how that target was shot according to mine.First shot center second shot to the right third shot hit the first. I could'nt believe when I seen that target.I've had it 20 year or so and it's alway's done that.
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