Originally Posted by fireguy
The Howa actions and barrels are Japanese. I may have mis-spoke about Weatherby in saying the Vanguard rifles share the Howa innards. I'm not sure about the Mark series rifles.
There has never been a Weatherby factory in the sense that there's a Remington factory. Weatherby has had Mark V production done at factories in Germany, Japan and the US. During the Japan years all Weatherbys, including the Mark V were made by Howa.
The Weatherby Vanguard is a Howa 1500 with a Weatherby style stock and few cosmetic changes.