The “Original 9” Weatherby Magnum calibers - Year of Introduction

Southgate (Mauser Action) Weatherby rifles - approximate serial number ranges.

Year # This yr. Total # made Start Ser. No. End Ser. No.
1948 0 0 0 0
1949 100 101 100 200
1950 299 401 201 500
1951 399 801 501 900
1952 499 1301 901 1400
1953 599 1901 1401 2000
1954 999 2901 2001 3000
1955 1499 4401 3001 4500
1956 2000 6402 4500 6500
1957 2599 9002 6501 9100
1958 1109 10112 9101 10210
1959 389 10502 10211 10600
1960 199 10702 10601 10800
1961 161 10864 10801 10962

Approximate serial number ranges for 1958 - 1972 Weatherby Mark V Rifles

YEAR OF MANUFACTURE APPROX. SERIAL NUMBER RANGE MFG. LOCATION
1958 15000 - 15500 Southgate, CA
1959 15500 - 162xx Southgate, CA
1959 20001 - 22000 W. Germany
1960 22000 - 29000 W. Germany
1961 29000 - 34800 W. Germany
1962 34800 - 38700 W. Germany
1963 38700 - 43xxx W. Germany
1964 P1000 - P8500 W. Germany
1965 P8500 - P14500 W. Germany
1966 P14500 - P21300 W. Germany
1967 P21300 - P27500 W. Germany
1968 P27500 - P34000 W. Germany
1969 P34000 - P36900 W. Germany
1970 P36900 - P44000 W. Germany
1971 P44000 - P54000 W. Germany
1972 P54000 - P70xxx W. Germany

West German (J.P. Sauer) Varmintmaster Approximate serial number ranges.

Year Approx. Serial No. Range Mfg. Location
1963 - 64 S1000 - S3400 (see notebelow W. Germany
1965 S3400 - S4200 W. Germany
1966 S4200 - S5350 W. Germany
1967 S5350 - S5900 W. Germany
1968 S5900 - S6300 W. Germany
1969 S6300 - S6800 W. Germany
1970 S6800 - S7100 W. Germany
1971 S7100 - S7850 W. Germany
1972 S7850 - S8159 W. Germany

NOTE: There were also some German Varmintmasters produced without the “S” prefix on the serial number. These were made in the first few years of production.

NOTE: We do not have good data for the Japanese made Varmintmaster rifles. Their serial numbers started with S01000 in 1972. They were manufacturedthrough about 1995, when Weatherby moved production back to the U.S.

Approximate serial number ranges for the Japanese made Mark V Rifles

NOTE: These serial numbers are very approximate, and cover the period 1972through 1992, which is the year the book “Weatherby - The Man, The Gun, The Legend” was written by Gresham & Gresham. The data in the table below was derived from data contained in that book.

Year Range Approx. Serial No. Range Mfg. Location
1972 - 1974 00003 - 00400 & H15000 H75015 Howa - Japan
1974 - 1981 H75015 - H122284 Howa - Japan
1981 - 1983 H122284 - H125625 Howa - Japan
1983 - 1984 H125625 - H156253 Howa - Japan
1984 - 1986 H156253 - H193207 Howa - Japan
1986 - 1987 H-193207 - H198377 Howa - Japan
1987 - 1989 H198377 - H210828 Howa - Japan
1989 - 1991 H210828 - H215743 Howa - Japan

The above data covers the majority of inquiries received on the WCA Forum. It is based on information collected from members of the Weatherby Collectors Association, as well as data from the Weatherby Book by Gresham and Gresham.

Remember that the data is approximate -- If you havea rifle that would help us update our records, pleasesend the information to the WCA news editor at email

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If you desire to have more exacting information about the history of your Weatherby rifle, contact the Weatherby Company, and have a Letter of Authenticity written. There is a fee for that service.