New from Weatherby: Vanguard Series 2 Back Country

 

Schlepping a hunting rifle over miles of rough terrain can be a PITA—depending on the weather, backpack, clothing, footwear, sling and the weight of the long gun in question. Weatherby aims to lighten the load for kit-humping hunters with their new $1400 Vanguard Series 2 Back Country. It’s a 6.75 lbs bolt-action rifle available in your choice of five calibers. That’s roughly two pounds less than a Remington 700. Which doesn’t sound like a lot. And probably isn’t in the grand scheme of things. Especially when you consider the fact that you can buy a Japanese-built Weatherby Series Two Synthetic that weighs the same as the less capable Remy for $600 in your choice of 16 calibers. Still, the sub-MOA Vanguard Series 2 Back Country’s got a “pillar-bedded, Monte Carlo composite stock with spiderweb accents.” Just saying that makes me see the light. [h/t thefirearmblog.com]