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Weatherby VarmintMaster
Type Bolt-action rifle
Place of origin United States
Production history
Designer Roy Weatherby, J.P. Sauer & Sohn of West Germany
Designed 1963
Manufacturer Weatherby, Inc
Produced 1963–1994
Number built unknown
Action Cock upon open bolt-action rifle
Feed system five-round internal box magazine
Sights Drilled and tapped for scope mounts. Iron sight included on some models.

The Weatherby Varmintmaster is a lighter quicker-handling version of the Weatherby Mark V. It was first offered for sale in 1963 in two barrel lengths: a 24-inch standard weight and 26-inch heavy weight. The price then was $295, same as the Mark V. Compared with the Mark V it weighs 40% less with most parts being reduced in size by 20%. The trigger assemblies are identical. Having a smaller bolt diameter, the Varmintmaster uses a six-lug locking bolt as opposed to nine for the original magnum-sized Mark V. Chambered in .224 Weatherby Magnum with a 55-grain bullet, it achieves a muzzle velocity of 3,750 feet per second (1,140 m/s). Weatherby ceased production of its smallest rifle in 1994.[1]


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