Roy Weatherby

Roy E. Weatherby
Born(1910-09-04)September 4, 1910
Kansas, US
DiedApril 4, 1988(1988-04-04) (aged 77)
OccupationInventor, businessman

Roy Edward Weatherby [1] (4 September 1910 — 4 April 1988),[2] was the founder and owner of Weatherby, Inc., an American rifle, shotgun and cartridge manufacturing company founded 1945. Weatherby created an entire line of custom cartridges, and was one of the people responsible for the industry interest in high-speed cartridges. He created a custom rifle action to accommodate his high-pressure cartridges.


He grew up on a farm in Kansas. He later moved to Huntington Park, California where he and his wife, Camilla, bought a Spanish style home located on 7672 California Street on the corner of Grand Avenue. Weatherby started manufacturing Weatherby Guns in his garage at the Huntington Park home.

Weatherby firearms are best known for their very high-powered rifle cartridges, all bearing the name Weatherby Magnum such as the .257 Weatherby Magnum (designed in 1944), the .378 Weatherby Magnum (1953) and the .460 Weatherby Magnum (1957), and for the production of appropriately-chambered sporting rifles.

Weatherby came into the world of commercial cartridge and rifle making with a background of experimentation in cartridge wildcatting and was determined to develop a range of sporting rifle cartridges that would produce very high muzzle velocities, high bullet energies, very flat trajectories, and very hard-hitting characteristics at long range. Among those who influenced his thinking and products was the English riflemaker and cartridge designer David Lloyd.

Following Roy Weatherby's death, the Weatherby Foundation International (initially known as the Roy E. Weatherby Foundation) was established as a non-profit, tax-exempt Foundation to promote sporting hunting, and the claim it contributes to wildlife conservation. It currently leads an initiative to foster the development of educational outdoor expositions, and as at 2007 has sponsored 78 events in 19 of the US states, with combined attendance of nearly 1 million. The Foundation annually sponsors the Weatherby Hunting and Conservation Award.


  1. ^ "Roy E. Weatherby Sr., Firearms Innovator, 77". The New York Times. Retrieved October 12, 2020.
  2. ^ "A Short History of Weatherby". Guns and Ammo. May 23, 2016. Retrieved May 27, 2021.