Weatherby Targets Mountain Hunters with Backcountry Rifles, New Magnum Caliber
By Kristin Alberts
The newbies were on display at Weatherby’s SHOT Show 2020 booth in Las Vegas, Nevada. The sub-5-pound Mark V Backcountry Ti with its titanium receiver, top, and the slightly heavier Mark V Backcountry, bottom. (Photo: Kristin Alberts/Guns.com)
The company known for heavy magnum actions, high gloss Monte Carlo Walnut stocks and skip-line checkering is trading much of that glitz and glam for weight savings, speed, and space-age materials. Weatherby’s new Backcountry rifles are lightweight performers for mobile hunters demanding flat-shooting and easy carrying firearms.
There’s no questioning that 2020 has been the year for ultralight bolt action rifle announcements. It seems almost every major manufacturer is trying to find ways to shave a pound here or there. The new Backcountry Ti rifle enters that arena as one of the lightest and most balanced rifles for the new year.
To achieve a weight just under 5-pounds, Weatherby uses carbon fiber and state-of-the-art design materials to reduce weight. “The goal was not to simply achieve the production of a 5-pound rifle. Instead, our team was able to break the 5-pound mark while delivering magnum performance in a firearm that doesn’t demand custom rifle pricing,” Weatherby said in a news release.
Detail of the titanium receiver