After unveiling it at SHOT Show earlier this year, Weatherby is officially launching the new “Back Country” lightweight bolt-action hunting rifle.
The Back Country is functionally similar to most of the Vandguard Series 2 rifles, particularly in terms of accuracy. With its 24-inch fluted cold hammer-forged barrel, the Back Country comes with Weatherby’s sub-MOA guarantee.
Designed for hunters who expect to do a lot of hiking, the Back Country’s main draw is not being a burden; it weighs just 6.75 pounds. Chambered in .240, .257 and 300 Weatherby Magnum, .270 Winchester, .30-06 Springfield and .300 Winchester Magnum, the Back Country comes in options suitable for most types of North American game.
In .240, .270 and .30-06 the Back Country has an internal magazine capacity of 5+1 and in the larger-cased .257 and .300 calibers a capacity of 3+1.
All models of Back Country come with the same, wispily-mottled silver-on-black synthetic stock, which gives the simple Monte Carlo stock an organic touch without turning to any specific camo pattern that may look good in one place or season but stick out in another. The stock is fitted with a recoil pad by Pachmayr to deal with the powerful combination of hard-hitting cartridges fired from a lightweight rifle.
The steel portions of the rifle are given a Tactical Grey Cerakote finish.
Like all Vanguard Series 2 rifles, the Back Country comes with an adjustable match-grade two-stage trigger that’s set at the factory with a 2.5-pound pull. Like the barrel, the bolt is also fluted to lower the contact surface area and vent gasses safely in the event of case rupture.
Other features include a single-piece steel bolt and receiver, cocking status indicator, 3-position safety and a pair of sling swivel studs. The receiver is drilled and tapped for optics and the floorplate is hinged to allow for easy cleaning and safe unloading.
The Back Country commands a price premium over other, more conventional and heavier Vanguard 2 Series rifles with an MSRP of $1,400, but may be just the ticket for long outings for hunters and ranchers who spend a lot of time on their feet with a rifle slung. Real-world prices are going to be a lot closer to $1,000.