Vanguard® Backcountry Videos

Vanguard® Backcountry

(23 customer reviews)

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Look at the topo map and decide where to take this rifle first: Deep into the backlands to pursue animals that few if any have ever seen – let alone got shots at. That’s the hard earned hunting that pays off big in the end, but it requires traveling light, which is what this rifle does best. Weighing in at just 6.75 pounds thanks to the hand-laid fiberglass stock and weight-shaved fluted 24” barrel. It’s finished with a gray spider-webbed gel coat on the stock, and tactical gray Cerakote® on the metal for protection against the toughest punishment the back country can dish out.


  • All Vanguard rifles are guaranteed to shoot a 3-shot group of .99” or less at 100 yards (SUB-MOA) from a cold barrel when used with Weatherby® factory or premium ammunition within Two-Years of Verified Purchase Date to Original Purchaser.
  • Adjustable Match Quality, Two-stage Trigger
  • Fluted Bolt Body
  • One-piece Machined Bolt Body
  • Fully Enclosed Bolt Sleeve
  • Vanguard Recoil Pad
  • 3-Position Safety
  • Cold Hammer Forged Barrel
  • Integral Recoil Lug
  • Hinged Floorplate
  • Weighs just 6 ¾ pounds – ideal for long treks on backcountry hunts


  • Hand-laminated, raised comb Monte Carlo composite stock
  • Full length aluminum bedding plate
  • Matte gel coat finish
  • Spiderweb accents
  • Pachmayr® Decelerator® pad


  • Chrome-moly metalwork with Cerakote® Tactical Grey finish for exceptional weather- and corrosion-resistance
  • #2 contour fluted barrel
  • Barrel length is 26” for magnum chamberings & 24” for non-magnum and 240 Wby Mag


23 reviews for Vanguard® Backcountry

Based on 23 reviews
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  1. Mid-rangehunter

    I bought this gun in Sept. 2014 (30-06 springfield caliber) and so far this gun has been exactly as advertised. I shoot the 180gr. Hornady’s out of mine and it performs just the way i wanted it to. I’ve taken it out to 350 yards so far on targets and it shot really well, and i was able to harvest a good Texas 9pt. whitetail @ 110 yards last fall, dropping him in his tracks…. I had an issue with the Monte Carlo stock actually breaking when i mounted a bi-pod to it, but that also could have been an install error on my part too. Nonetheless, Weatherby customer service ended up being nice enough that they had me send the gun back, and they installed a new stock on my rifle( i didnt install a bi-pod this time). Technically, Weatherby was not obligated to do that for me, so now i highly recommend buying this brand to anyone i know that hunts… Its hard to put a price on ‘peace of mind’ and Weatherby does exactly that with their knowledgable & helpfull staff. Makes spending that extra couple hundred $$ worth it, and then some.

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  2. Matt

    Great rifle. Love the weight. 300 Wthby Mag is a fantastic caliber and this rifle performs as claimed. Light weight, straight shooting with factory loads and enough knock down and energy to shoot confidently at 500yrds at any big game animal in North America. The barrel finish is cool and the stock looks nice.

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  3. Pennsy Pol

    I have grown up shooting many different rifles growing up, however my dad is a loyalist to Weatherby. He has owned multiple Mark V’s, Lazermarks etc in .300 Weatherby and that’s all he uses for EVERYTHING!

    There comes a time in every young hunters life who grows into a “big boy gun” and naturally admiring my dad I got a Weatherby that my dad gifted me ( my backcountry ) that I got to pick out at the store. I have had her for over 10 years shooting 180gr NP just like my dad and every time I take a shot it hits where I want it to. I have taken many animals including 2 bears one that went 10 yards let out a growl and piled over and one that laid exactly where it stood.

    She has encountered, snow, days on days of rain, heat, deet and other punishing elements and the SS holds up to this day. This is a great rifle and I will always have her as my go – to go rifle.

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  4. Stu

    I purchased the Weatherby Backcountry in the .257 Weatherby Magnum rifle the year before last and it has become my favorite rifle by far. It is an extremely accurate rifle and the .257 Weatherby Magnum is a hard hitting round. The Weatherby rounds that I use are the ones loaded with the Barnes bullet. Shot a nice Whitetail on a Tennessee ridgeline last year and the rifle felt like a natural part of me; came to the shoulder well and shot placement was perfect. Highly recommend the Weatherby Backcountry chambered in the .257 Weatherby Magnum. The only downside is the cost of the ammunition. Great gun, great caliber!!!

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  5. Bill Paris

    I have this in a .257 and it shoots great, handles great and is light. However the stock is not very durable…I’m not sure if this is Weatherby’s std stock or if they are using a lighter foam material but after a couple of years of not rough use… The for-end swivel pulled out. My Weatherby 7mm Rem mag might have the same stock? But it’s been through the ringer with virtually no stock damage.
    I think for the price, the stock should be more durable.

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