New Member here looking for infomation! I just picked up a Weatherby pre-Mark V in 270 Wby Mag with Buehler rings and mounts, Weatherby Imperial "6x62" scope with original rubber caps. FN (Made in Belgium) receiver, barrel and bolt have matching 4-digit serial number 301x. Numerous proofs on receiver, stamped "FN (in oval) 1954" on right side (below serial number) and block (not italicized) "WEATHERBY" over "SOUTH GATE, CALIF." on left side. Barrel has "WEATHERBY" over "270 MAGNUM" on left side and "CHROME BORE" on right side. Push-feed 2-lug bolt has blued swept handle (with proof stamp) and electro-penciled serial number underneath. Looks all original except what may be a Jaeger trigger (can't see the "J", and it has an "M" stamped on it). Beautiful light walnut figured stock with skip-line (I think) checkering, rosewood forend, rosewood grip cap (with diamond inlay), Weatherby pad all with white-line spacers. Finish on stock appears original, crinkling present (I think that's what you'd call it) from dry storage (?). Very shiny bore looks new through my borescope, slight hint of copper residue near the throat.
So, am I correct in assessment that this is a "pre-Mark V" Weatherby made sometime in the mid-50's (from the date on the FN action)? Were custom trigger groups the norm, or is this ater-market? Any thoughts from the above on a general value? Any thoughts to guide this novice as to collectability?