New Ultra-Capable Weatherby 6.5mm Rifles—SHOT Show 2017


Weatherby has long made a name for itself making ultra-high-performance sporting rifles in amazingly powerful and capable chamberings. Now, it is diving deeply into the increasingly popular 6.5mm pool.

A real theme I am spotting at the 2017 SHOT Show is the huge number of 6.5mm rifles. Weatherby is getting in on this game with many new variants of their own chambering othe 6.5 Creedmoor as well as its own 6.5-300. Yes, that is a 6.5-300 that you read. It is the .300 Weatherby cartridge, a powerhouse that is renowned the world over, necked down to a 6.5mm projectile.

The new Weatherby rifles in 6.5mm chamberings offer shooters a lot of performance options.


I had a chance to handle several of their Mark V rifles chambered in these 6.5mm cartridges. These rifles were impressive and handled really well and lived up to the Weatherby reputation for high-quality firearms. These are some serious rifles designed for rugged outdoor use.

Weatherby is renowned for its high quality rifles, and these new options are no exception to the rule.

Price & Availability

These rifles start at $2,300 up to $2,800 and should be available very soon. I am really interested in trying some of these out for myself soon. If you want to get into the 6.5mm market and appreciate Weatherby quality, then definitely take a look.

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About the author: Clay Martin is a former Marine and Green Beret, retiring out of 3rd Special Forces Group. He is a multi-decade and -service sniper, as well as 3-Gun competitor and Master ranked shooter in USPSA Production. In addition to writing about guns, he is the author of “Last Son of The War God,” a novel about shooting people that deserve it. You can also follow him on twitter, @offthe_res or his website,

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  • kerry purcell June 29, 2018, 9:00 am

    the 6.5 swede is the best 6.5 i had a 264 win,,great to shoot,, but no good on barrels after several new barrels i quit it,,,,the 6.5-284 was better ,, but still hard on barrels,,the 6.5 creedmore cant drive 140s as fast as the swede can,,,,any way these extreme long shots on game are wrong,,,,,learn to hunt,,,,,,,

  • jerry tennison January 18, 2017, 7:25 pm

    Why don’t I ever read anything about the 6.5 Grendel,its a great round .Shot an antelope this year with mine in a AR that I built for under a grand. distance was over 800 yrds. ,does have a very expensive scope though.

    • yeah right! January 18, 2017, 9:00 pm

      That sure is nothing to brag about. Good way to wound an animal. Really foolish, no doubt about it

      • Alan January 25, 2017, 12:52 pm

        You don’t know that, just because of the distance.
        I would point out that some people wound animals at very close ranges, simply because they can’t shoot, or get buck fever.
        I love the number of “experts” here, know all there is to know.

    • Ross Woolley February 5, 2019, 10:00 am

      If you shoot a 6.5 Grendel at antelope at 800 yards you are definitely not interested in anything an expert tries to tell you. Grow up!

  • martianone January 18, 2017, 6:18 pm

    6.5×300 WM, way too much powder capacity for the usual family of 6.5 mm cartridges and their respective firearms.
    6.5×55 or x57 are great, 6.5×284 also very nice chambered in Handy, accurate & effective rifles – that is history and legacy of 6.5 mm. This blunderbuss and chambering does not reflect that history!

    • mtman2 February 7, 2017, 1:42 pm

      Well you nailed it…..
      Weatherby has always relied on a super powered unique to them “specialty” cartridge’s and rifle’s costing huge bucks.
      Their high priced gun’s are meant to cater to an afluent client class to allow the feeling of exclusivity to those that fall for that.
      However accuracy is what matters and Big-W has never led that pack.
      The average surplus- Swede, Springfield or 98 would out shoot the Big-W’s.
      The sectional density and ballistic co-efficiency of the 6.5 is a 1,000-yd unit in the 1/2 dozen cartridges all day long.
      I happen to be a 6.5×55 Swede fan- and believe the 94-96-38+42B to be some of the finest hand finished and accurate rifles ever made- as well as a perfect in design mid sized cartridge that regularly has taken Polar Bear, Moose and Caribou for 120-yrs.
      Even taking African bull elephants w/passthru headshots.

      It’s a tough act to follow for firearms manufacturer’s; and being I’m not one I’m perfectly happy w/near perfection- esp shooting 1″ groups at 250-yds ~!

  • Frank January 18, 2017, 4:06 pm

    This new cartridge has a lot of potential, especially with a long, heavy bullet and hand reloading. Weatherby will offer the Mark V rifle in this cartridge with an Accu-Brake. The Accu-Brake is extremely effective but ungodly loud. I own a 30-378 that came with the factory brake and I had to exchange it for a custom gill type. I couldn’t handle the report with ear plugs and muffs. Leave it to Weatherby to push the limit once again!!

    • mtman2 February 7, 2017, 2:01 pm

      Yup= too much of the not needed- to be able to say “I shoot Weatherby” ~!
      No personal indictment just a general observation of some peoples mindset.

  • Martin Anderson January 18, 2017, 3:39 pm

    I bought a pre 64 Winchester chambered in a 26 inch barrel in 1965 or 66. It was very difficult to find an accurate load. Had the action bedded and added a fiberglass pressure point to the fore end of stock. Result was sub 1 inch groups. Then I heard about the throat problems. I managed to acquire a 264 take off barrel which I put away as a replacement if needed, and I have never needed it. About then I only shot the rifle to check zero, and when hunting. Then cleaned it and put it away until the next year. Never shot it to the point that the barrel got more than alittle warm. Today, the throat is like the take off barrel when observed with a Hawkeye bore scope. What I am trying to say is don’t overheat a 6.5 magnum and you should be fine.

  • LG January 18, 2017, 11:13 am

    I just love the 6.5mm ammunition in its various versions. I have been a longtime owner of a bolt action rifle in 6.5×57 made in the first part of last century in Brno which was then Czechoslovakia. It has one my other favorite feature a double set trigger. Unfortunately in my travels I misplaced and cannot find the original scope which besides the historical value is no great loss. However THE great loss was the mount. For love or money I cannot find in this country the proper “claw” type mount for the rifle. I traveled in Europe and they seem quite common there, however without the rifle I could not be sure to get the exact one and the local gunsmith told me that they would have to have the gun in hand to install one with the exact fit. So a friend gunsmith made one for me but it is far from being satisfactory, so I guess I’ll have to use the “flip leaf” open sights. Anyway 6.5 is great though in my case ammo is hard to find.

  • Billybob January 18, 2017, 8:58 am

    Makes me want to go out and buy a $3000 gun that has shoots hyper Velocity rounds that wash out the barrel after just a few hundred rounds ! 22-250 and 220 swift barrel life ?

    • speedfreak January 18, 2017, 9:24 am

      I feel like if you can swallow the price of the gun, an appropriate optic, required/necessary trigger work, and the ammo to feed it, then the cost of a new barrel shouldn’t be that big of an issue. Plus they are typically more in the hunting market where a lot of folks will never shoot more than a few hundred rounds in their lifetime. I think they are impressive. The 30-378 Wby has had my eye for a while but this new 6.5-300 is coming on as an underdog for me. The 22-250 is also an impressive little round. I can honestly say that its the only thing I have ever witnessed punch 5 shots into a single dime-sized hole at 100yds. Sometimes that extra speed can be very forgiving and make up for other eccentricities in bullet flight dynamics.

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