I've been a Weatherby fan since I was a kid. They were just as expensive 50 yrs ago as they are today but back then there was no Vanguard. I always thought I'd have a Corvette by age 40, a Playmate by age 50, and a Weatherby for retirement. The Vette and Playmate didnt happen, and given my current laid up and unemployed staus at near 61yo it looks like the Wby might not happen either dangit. ( I dont know if I overgoal or underachieve ) Anyway I know Wbys was made in CA early on( the gunsmith who did work for me at my small PA gun shoppe worked there after WWII), and then in Germany and then Japan and now back to USA. I recall in 1996-97 for a year or two the Mk5 was made by a defence contractor in Saco ME USA (pronounced Sawco according to my then boss who was from Bangor). I googled up Wikipedia and here's what they say which seems to be fairly up to date: "The Mark V barreled action is manufactured by ATK in Brainerd, MN while the barrel and action for the Vanguard are still manufactured by Howa in Japan. Final assembly of the Mark V and Vanguard is performed at Weatherby's company headquarters in Paso Robles. The Mark V uses two action sizes. The larger 9-lug bolt action is used for all larger Weatherby magnum calibers. The smaller 6-lug action (in two lengths) is used for the 240 Weatherby, and all standard calibers. (The 224 Weatherby Magnum is no longer offered as a regular production caliber, but presumably could be special ordered.) Both the Mark V and Vanguard are available as sub-MOA rifles in various models (ranging from blued to stainless steel metal and kevlar to wood stocks) and calibers .223 (Vanguard only) through .300 Weatherby Magnum. Calibers .340 through .460 are only available on the Mark V platform due to the stronger bolt." ATK of course makes missles and owns Federal Ammo and a BUNCH of other great American outdoor companies. Thank you for viewing my drivel.