Weatherby has updated their Backcountry family of rifles with the Backcountry 2.0 and the Backcountry 2.0 Carbon. The latter adds a carbon-fiber stock, a BSF tensioned carbon-fiber barrel, and a hotter chambering previously not available in the Backcountry: the .30-378 Weatherby Magnum.
An ultra-lightweight big game rifle, the Backcountry 2.0 Ti starts at 4.7 lbs, thanks primarily to the new Blacktooth carbon-fiber stock from Peak 44, the lightest version of which tips the scales under 20 ounces. This new Blacktooth stock features the Rock Solid Carbon Link bedding system which engages the recoil lug and evenly distributes recoil throughout the stock, without the weight of a traditional aluminum bedding block, making the overall stock both lighter and stiffer.
To mitigate recoil, a new generation of the revolutionary 3DHEX recoil pad as been attached. Using a three-dimensional honeycomb pattern of collapsible voids, it draws out the time component of recoil, taking away the sharp kick. With the same amount of recoil spread out over a much greater time period, felt recoil is reduced, even with some of the fastest cartridges on the market.
Also killing recoil is the Accubrake ST. Contoured to match the barrel and equipped with 30 symmetrically-spaced ports, this signature Weatherby muzzle brake redirects gasses to eliminate a significant amount of recoil, enabling shooters to fire magnum rounds without the associated magnum recoil that might be experienced with other lightweight rifles.
Available in four configurations and a multitude of chamberings, the new Backcountry 2.0 comes with a steel receiver, while the new Backcountry 2.0 Ti comes with a lightweight titanium receiver. Depending on chambering, barrel contours are the thin and lightweight fluted #1 MOD or #2 MOD carbon-steel barrels, or in the case of the Carbon variants, a #4 BSF tensioned carbon-fiber barrel. Previously debuted on the Mark V Carbonmark, this barrel system set a new Weatherby company accuracy record in 2021, returning a 0.06-inch group at 100 yards with factory Weatherby Select Plus ammunition.
For more information on these new rifles, which can even be had with a left-side bolt for left-handers, please visit weatherby.com. Backcountry 2.0 - MSRP $2499 Backcountry Ti 2.0 - MSRP $3349 Backcountry 2.0 Carbon - MSRP $2,999 Backcountry 2.0 Ti Carbon - MSRP $3749