|The Weatherby Collection
|American Rifle Single Cartridges
|Weatherby Collection is a total of
15 Factory Loaded Cartridges
and one custom made Wildcat
cartridge the 220 Rocket.
Please note at the bottom of the page is
a story of the history of Mr. Weatherby
and his rifles and cartridges
|Below are single cartridges, Please note we buy only "NEW " Cartridges, not old, dented or dull !
Only Weatherby Head Stamp! (except for 220 Rocket is made from 220 Swift cases.)
|History of the Weatherby Magnum Cartridges
As a young man, in the late 1940's, Roy Weatherby developed an insatiable interest in ballistics and rifle performance.
At a time when many firearms "experts" were promoting large bullets traveling at slow speeds, Roy was experimenting with lighter
weight bullets traveling at extremely high velocities.
It was his belief that this combination was ideal in creating the hydrostatic shock needed to kill animals quickly and humanely.
In Roy's mind, there was no other way: speed kills - period.
Roy's initial work began with developing his high powered, magnum cartridges. He developed the .220 Rocket
(based on the .220 Swift), and the first Weatherby Magnums - .257, .270 and .300 (based on the .300 H&H Mag.).
From his small operation in South Gate, California, Roy was building his own rifles on virtually any actions he could obtain
(FN Mauser, Schultz & Larsen and Mathieus to name a few), as well as offering to rechamber rifles for his newly designed magnum
Soon, his high powered cartridges began to draw the attention of noted gun writers Jack O'Connor, Elmer Keith and influential such
as Sheldon Coleman (of Coleman Company fame). Over the years, Roy would have many "friendly arguments," often conducted
through printed letters and rebuttals in magazines, with the likes of O'Connor, Keith and other firearms experts on the merits of his
high velocity cartridges and rifles.
By the mid to late 1950's Weatherby had expanded his line of magnum cartridges to include the .378 Weatherby Magnum
(which replaced the .375 Weatherby Magnum) and the .460 (the world's most powerful cartridge, at the time, delivering nearly
four tons of muzzle energy).
At that time, he was producing his rifles on German FN Mauser and Czechoslovakian Brevex Magnum Mauser actions.
Later, in 1957, he would develop a new action - originally designated the Model 58 (later to become the legendary Mark V) -
specifically designed to handle the magnum loads of his increasingly popular cartridges. Resource :1995 Weatherby Catalog
Roy E. Weatherby Sr., Firearms Innovator, 77, AP Published: April 10.
AP Published: April 10, 1988
LEAD: Roy E. Weatherby Sr., a leading authority on ballistics who was the creator of the famed Weatherby rifle favored by big-game
hunters, died Tuesday. He was 77 years old It was Mr. Weatherby's perfection of his theory on high velocity, and the resulting
Weatherby Magnum cartridges, that led to the development of the Weatherby rifle.
Roy E. Weatherby Sr., a leading authority on ballistics who was the creator of the famed Weatherby rifle favored by big-game hunters,
died Tuesday. He was 77 years old.
It was Mr. Weatherby's perfection of his theory on high velocity, and the resulting Weatherby Magnum cartridges, that led to the
development of the Weatherby rifle.