Elk NetworkIntroducing the Backcountry 2.0 Family of Rifles

Sponsored Content | November 15, 2021

The next generation of the ground-breaking Backcountry™ family, the Backcountry 2.0 transforms the classic Weatherby® Mark V® into one of the lightest magnum bolt actions on the market. A host of changes help bolster the Backcountry 2.0 specification charts, while the addition of two variants with a tensioned carbon fiber barrel fills out the family a bit more.

The most noticeable upgrade for the 2.0 family is the new carbon fiber Blacktooth™ stock from Peak 44™ — the lightest versions of which tip the scales at under 20 ounces. This stock allows the 2.0 family to start at just 4.7 lbs., while magnum chamberings start at 4.9 lbs!

Also grabbing the eye is the second generation 3DHEX® recoil pad, the first production 3D printed pad the firearms world has seen. Hidden inside the pad are a series of interlocking voids that progressively collapse during recoil, expanding the time component of the recoil impulse and deadening the sharp kick of magnum chamberings. In 30-378 WBY MAG, this pad kills the impulse force of recoil by more than 40%.

More pronounced spiral fluting on the bolt body not only trims a little weight, it also reduces bearing surface within the action and results in even smoother function. The newly-threaded bolt handle is equipped with a lightweight aluminum extended and skeletonized knob.

Fit with Weatherby’s highly-effective Accubrake® ST, this brake is blended to match the profile of the muzzle. With 30 symmetrically-spaced ports that help harness the recoil, it tames even magnum chamberings and makes them pleasant to shoot.

Backcountry 2.0 variants sport an updated paint scheme, with most metalwork protected by a ceramic Cerakote® shell and with carbon fiber peeking through the two-tone paint of the stocks.

Built to be the lightest possible rifle and chambered in some of the world’s fastest cartridges, the Backcountry 2.0 is a worthy successor to the throne.

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