I have a total of 4 Weatherby's. 2 Mark V's and 2 Vanguard's. The Mark V's are a Accumark in .338-378 Weatherby Magnum, and a Mark V DeLuxe in .460. The Vanguards are in .300 Weatherby Magnum, and .30-06. All are among the most accurate bolt guns I own. As far as the cost of ammunition, you have to handload if you are going to be doing any amount of shooting with the Weatherby calibers. As you mentioned ammo is off the chart expensive. Weatherby factory ammunition has been "watered down" over the years compared to what it was back in the 50's and 60's. One reason for this is liability, and the other is because there are a lot of Weatherby calibers chambered in non Weatherby rifles that do not have the freeboring Weatherby builds into their guns. The newer factory ammunition is safe to fire in these rifles. I think Weatherby has one of the best factory triggers in the business, bettered only by the Savage Accutrigger. The fit, finish, and attention to detail is very evident in my Mark V DeLuxe in .460. It, and the Accumark in .338-378 both have the Accubrake muzzlebrake. It cuts recoil in the .460 to about .375 H&H levels, and the .338-378 to about what my unbraked Remington 700 in .300 Win. Mag. is. Weatherby is one of the few makers that haven't sacrificed quality to keep the price down, which is the reason the prices keep climbing every year. I've had my .460 since 1999, and paid right around $1,700.00 for it. They now list close to 3 grand. The quality is every bit as good, however. I'm a happy Weatherby owner, and wouldn't hesitate to buy another. They build a beautiful, quality rifle. Bill T.