Weatherby Announcing Backcountry 2.0 Ultralight Rifles

Weatherby is launching an updated family of Mark V Backcountry 2.0 bolt-action rifles. (Photo: Weatherby)

Weatherby is happy to announce the addition of their new Mark V Backcountry 2.0 rifle series. These ultralight bolt-action hunting rifles are being offered in both left- and right-handed versions and can weigh as little as 4.7 pounds, depending on the configuration.

A huge amount of the weight savings comes thanks to the updated carbon fiber Blacktooth stock by Peak 44. This stock uses what they call their Rock Solid Carbon Link bedding system which eliminates the need for a metallic bedding block. The Blacktooth stock weighs less than 20 ounces.

The Backcountry 2.0 builds on the success of the Backcountry and Backcountry Ti, adding both a carbon fiber stock and either fluted #1 MOD- or #2 MOD-profile carbon steel barrels or #4 MOD-profile BSF carbon fiber tensioned barrel to achieve these light weights. Additionally, the Backcountry 2.0 adds a new cartridge option, .30-378 Weatherby Magnum.

These lightweight rifles have aggressive recoil mitigation features for shooting hot magnum cartridges. (Photo: Weatherby)

The Backcountry 2.0 series is chambered for 6.5 Creedmoor, .308 Winchester and a wide range of Weatherby Magnum cartridges. For now, all of the left-handed options are limited to select Weatherby Magnum chamberings.

Like the original Backcountry series, the Backcountry 2.0 is offered with standard steel receivers or even lighter titanium receivers with the Backcountry 2.0 Ti.

In order to help deal with the recoil of these hot cartridges combined with these featherweight rifles, Weatherby developed a new kind of 3D printed polymer recoil pad full of a matrix of honeycomb-shaped collapsible voids. The 3DHEX recoil pad takes advantage of the fact that additive manufacturing can create internal structures that aren’t possible with traditional manufacturing.

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Another recoil-dampening addition is the included Accubrake ST 30-port muzzle brake. Pricing starts at $2,499 for the base model Backcountry 2.0 rifles and $3,349 for the Backcountry 2.0 Ti rifles. The Backcountry 2.0 Carbon rifles with tensioned barrels start at $2,999 for the base models and $3,749 for the Ti versions.

These are of course still Mark V rifles at heart and feature many of the premium components that make the series stand out at heart, like 54-degree fluted bolts with removable bolt knobs, TriggerTech triggers, Cerakote finishes and a sub-MOA accuracy guarantee with premium Weatherby ammo.

For more information about the new Backcountry 2.0 family of rifles visit Weatherby today.

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About the author: Max Slowik is a writer with over a dozen years of experience and is a lifelong shooter. He has unwavering support for the Second Amendment and the human right to self-defense. Like Thomas Paine, he’s a journalist by profession and a propagandist by inclination.

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