Re: Weatherby Mark V
Are you sure it is a 338 Winchester magnum in a Mark V.
Could it be a 340Wby or a 338 Wby instead?
Chief thing to do is to take it to a gunsmith and have it borescoped to check the throat before buying it. In any of the calibers it is possible to burn the throat out quickly but with the 338Wby mag it could probably be done with one box of shells if the person let it get real hot.
Borescoping cost about $40 and if the person will not agree then don't buy it.
One common problem with large capapcity cases is there is a lot of powder bieng burned and it will build up and if a person doesn't clean out the throat then the gun will not shoot and they will try to sell it cheap. Sometimes you can get a great deal on a great shooting gun that just has a dirty barrel.
I think Kirby once ventured a guess on the number of guns that just needed cleaning and I think Speedy Gonzales has an estimate on his website, so it is very common. Burned throat on Wby barrels has to be common also. Borescope it to be sure what you are buying.
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