Re: Re-Barrel and chamber a Weatherby ?
Where are you in Tx exactly? My Mark V is on it's 3rd barrel, so I've done this a couple of times. There is nothing special about rebarreling a Weatherby, and while my latest barrel on my 6XC (not on a Mark V action) is a cut rifled barrel, the last two barrels on my 338/378 have been button rifled barrels from Shilen. I've been very happy with both of them. Shilen can do the work in house, but there are other smiths that can and would do it, and it will be cheaper. The two other 'smiths I've used in recent years were Garland Gilbreath out of Stephenville, and most recently Mark Pharr in Round Rock (just north of Austin). I had Mark build my 6XC. Excellent work that was done quick, and the price was right.
Now, as far as the freebore is concerned you only have to concern yourself with that if you're shooting factory ammo. If you're a handloader, then get the gun chambered without the freebore. I've done it on both Shilen barrels and had zero drama. The only thing to remember is that it'll be a handload only gun, no factory ammo, but otherwise it's drama free and the reduced freebore is a more ideal setup for accuracy purposes.