When I was a kid, my friend Chris’s dad had a Weatherby Mark V he got from opening a bank account. To this day, I still remember how beautiful it was. The ammo came in a box decorated with a safari theme and I believe it was a .300 Weatherby magnum. Forty years later, I finally have my own. Let’s see if this rifle can destroy a steel target!
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About my Weatherby Mark V
I searched for some time and settled on a Japanese .270 Weatherby magnum from Gunbroker. It is in great condition, better than I expected, and was reasonably priced — approximately $1500. The bluing is something to behold. Mounted atop it is an era-appropriate Redfield 3-9x scope. I must admit. I feel like Guy Miner.
The rifle came with a set of Lee .270 magnum reloading dies and I bought some brass online, but not all of it was .270 magnum. I couldn’t find any reasonably priced brass despite valiant efforts. Fast-forward to the 2023 SHOT Show and Peterson Cartridge revealed they had some blem cases I could use.
Picking them up, they’re beautiful. You cannot even tell they aren’t perfect by Peterson standards. This is some quality brass!
After loading a few rounds on the Lyman All-American 8 equipped with the Inline Fabrication roller handle, I headed outside to engage the steel target right outside the shop and didn’t see it move. Upon closer examination, I discovered a hole in the target and remembered that Seth Gardner of D-M Targets had told me that it’s velocity that kills steel targets.
My .270 magnum rounds chronographed at approximately 3,285 fps.
Determined to capture this on our Edgertronic high speed camera, I loaded up some more rounds, this time with 80 grains after fire-forming. I also decided to do a comparison with my 9mm Canik Rival-S.
Be sure to check out the footage! Here’s a screen grab:
If I was shooting steel with the .270 magnum at 500 or 600 yards, it wouldn’t be a hole but a pretty typical hit. You want to be below 2,800 fps at the target to prevent target damage.
Shooting and reloading for my own Weatherby Mark V is a childhood dream come full circle. The Peterson brass performed phenomenally with the first Weatherby cartridge I have shown on the channel!
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