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Old March 30, 2014, 11:43 AM   #1
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Weatherby Mark V ???

I just purchased an older Mark V and have some questions for the experts.

1. Are there any scopes being made anymore with gloss finish? Around $200-300 is what I was thinking.
I thought gloss might look best on the Mark V but am open to opinions.

2. I reload for various calibers already. Does anyone have some Weatherby 300 mag brass they would like to sell that is still in decent condition?

Thanks for your help in advance.
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Old March 30, 2014, 12:25 PM   #2
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Yeah, you can still find scopes in a high-gloss finish, though they do seem less common now. Take a look at SWFA, they're one of the better optics companies around, and have an easy website to quickly look around at what's out there.
http://swfa.com/Riflescopes-C1443.aspx

Also, here's an old THR thread that discusses your issue. Looks like some good info here:
http://www.thehighroad.org/archive/i.../t-543080.html
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Old March 30, 2014, 03:15 PM   #3
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Luepold VX-2 can be had in that price range and gloss.
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Old March 30, 2014, 08:34 PM   #4
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Yeah, you can still find scopes in a high-gloss finish, though they do seem less common now. Take a look at SWFA, they're one of the better optics companies around, and have an easy website to quickly look around at what's out there.
http://swfa.com/Riflescopes-C1443.aspx

Also, here's an old THR thread that discusses your issue. Looks like some good info here:
http://www.thehighroad.org/archive/i.../t-543080.html
Thanks for you your help. I saw the old thread but ran across discontinued scopes.

Looking at SWFA website right now.

Thanks
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Old March 30, 2014, 08:36 PM   #5
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Luepold VX-2 can be had in that price range and gloss.
Thanks, looking at Leupold right now.
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Old March 30, 2014, 08:36 PM   #6
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+ 2 on the VX-2. Cabela's house brand also has a gloss finish 3x9x40 for $100 or less.

I reload for my 300 WBY Mag but I bought new brass from Midway.
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Old March 30, 2014, 08:43 PM   #7
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Wow, you paid the big money for a Mark V, chambered in a long range cartridge, and then you are going to put a lower quality scope on it?

I think I'd step up at least one more notch with a better hunting scope and make use of the performance of that rifle and cartridge...

OR, maybe you didn't buy it to hunt with?

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Old March 30, 2014, 09:16 PM   #8
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Wow, you paid the big money for a Mark V, chambered in a long range cartridge, and then you are going to put a lower quality scope on it?
I had a buddy that owned a Cooper rifle with a Nikon Prostaff sitting on it, said he blew his budget and the prostaff was all he could get after buying the rifle. It may look extremely odd, but at least he gets to enjoy his rifle.


Also, around here I've seen older Mark V rifles selling in the 7-800 dollar range recently. There was a fibermark on a local classifieds site selling for $750 just earlier this week, and it looked fairly new.
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Old March 30, 2014, 09:33 PM   #9
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Yeah; A nice Weatherby Mk V in 300 Weatherby just wouldn't look "correct" with lesser quality optics on it. If it were mine I'd just postpone my scope purchase a little while longer until I could save up a little more money and then get a real nice gloss Leupold in a nice set of high quality gloss rings. That's what I've had to do a few times and it was worth the wait. Last time was the Model 10 Savage "package rifle" in 300 WSM that came with a Simmons 3-9x 40mm "8 point" model on it. Kept it on there for a few months during barrel break-in and trying handloads; while saving up for a Leupold VX-III 3.5-10x 40mm in Leupold PRW rings. It was worth the wait. The Simmons is now in my shop waiting its next assignment.
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Old March 30, 2014, 11:12 PM   #10
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I will posts pics when I get a scope on in. Some points of interest.

1. Thanks for the post who actually trying to be helpful.
2. I didn't even come close to paying $1000.
3. The Leopold VX-2 is looking pretty good with the gloss rings already on it.
4. Finally, the original post said $200-300 not $100. $200-300 might be cheap for some but not for others.

Thanks for the positive posts.
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Old March 30, 2014, 11:32 PM   #11
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I don't understand why everyone thinks the glass must be at least as much the rifle or more to be useful. My first big game rifle was/is a model 100 Winchester in .284. Now my daughter is putting it through its paces. It still has the 3x9 Simmons on it. It has always stayed zeroed and more than enough to get the job done. When I got my MarkV I was thinking, do I need a $1K piece of glass to make it a good hunting rifle? Nope, I found a pile of VXII 3x9x40 for $180.00 locally and snagged one. That was 10+ years ago. I have taken it on 7 elk hunts and filled my tag every time. Other than one suicidal elk that damn near ran me over (less than 10 yds don't count), they have all been from 50 to 200 and the farthest was 320. If the glass is clear, holds zero under violent recoil and you practice with it then why bother spending extra money? I promise none of my elk cared if I had high end optics or a .300 Wby for that matter.
And yes I have reached out over 500 yds with at the range just for the fun of it. I think those fancy turret scopes and such have a place on target and competition ranges, even for military applications but they are highly trained individuals that practice A WHOLE LOT. I have seen it way to many times, that someone is screwing around with doping, messing with turrets and by the time they get everything set up the animal has moved on or they haven't practiced with the set up enough to make a good shot. Or even better yet, they usually are such poor hunters that they cant get close enough to make an easy shot. Rant over.
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Old March 30, 2014, 11:47 PM   #12
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The VX2 is a nice scope. You might also be able to find a vintage gloss scope on Ebay for example. I also like the Weaver classics and Grand Slam if they are still made in Japan not china or phillipines. These are good quality. They have a special edition Weaver gloss they have been selling a year or two ago.
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Old March 30, 2014, 11:51 PM   #13
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The VX2 is a nice scope. You might also be able to find a vintage gloss scope on Ebay for example. I also like the Weaver classics and Grand Slam if they are still made in Japan not china or phillipines. These are good quality. They have a special edition Weaver gloss they have been selling a year or two ago.
Thanks for the quality input.
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Old March 31, 2014, 12:12 AM   #14
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What caliber did you buy?
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Old March 31, 2014, 10:28 AM   #15
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1948CJ2A,

I did appreciate your post. Your information was helpful. The midway information on brass was good.

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Old March 31, 2014, 10:32 AM   #16
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I bought my Mark V in 1971. Wound up with a Vari-X II 3/9/40 on it for over 20 years. I did some horse-trading and had about $25 in it. Killed plenty of deer and coyotes with it. Out of curiosity in 1997 I bought a Simmons 44 Mag and stuck it on. Hey, $99 out the door. Worked plenty good; good enough for an antelope hunt and for sub-MOA at 500 yards.

If a guy wants a glossy scope, there are many out there which will work just fine and not empty a billfold.
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Old March 31, 2014, 10:39 AM   #17
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Thanks, Art. I am finding out that most companies carry one gloss finish scope.
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Old March 31, 2014, 10:47 AM   #18
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I've always liked a 3x9x40 (or 3x10x40). Sight in on high magnification. Low magnification when walking hunting, for the wider field of view. Maybe somewhere in between when "just sittin'."

I've never worried about glossy-shiny. All a critter gets to see is the muzzle and the objective lens.
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Old March 31, 2014, 10:53 AM   #19
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i don't see that anyone has mentioned Optics Planet so far. They seem to have pretty good prices at times. May want to look thru their used/demo stuff. I've seen some great buys there.

A few years ago Zeiss was clearing out their Conquest line, making room for new models. They were at super prices. I know they're long gone, but it just shows there are great deals if you are patient

Also try Midsouth and Lock, Stock & Barrel

From what I can see, the $300 scopes of today are equivalent to $500 scopes from a few years ago. The new VX-2 is better than my older VX-III's and they were considered top of he line at that time.
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Old March 31, 2014, 11:00 AM   #20
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Thanks, Redneck. Going to Optics planet now.
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Old April 2, 2014, 09:46 AM   #21
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What caliber did you buy?
Sorry for the late reply.

300 Weatherby mag.
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