Originally Posted by Firecat
From the research that I have done, I have to believe the BRJ and BV are essentially the same rifle. I think that the BRJ is simply more elegant. The BRJ sports a Boyds stock and has a fluted barrel. I have a feeling that you could expect roughly the same accuracy from either rifle. The barrels seem to be around the same diameter.
I was thinking at first to put a 4-16x something or other on top. However, with a little more thought I think that I will put a 3-9x40 Nikon Buckmaster that I already have. I think that I will put a 20 MOA base and Weaver style rings. Perhaps Burris that will allow even more cant if needed. Should be ordering my rifle next week.
You are correct. The BV and the BRJ are the same barrelled action other than the fluting. The accuracy of each will depend on which ammo it prefers. Dad and I have 93R17s that each prefer different ammo, and don't shoot the other's ammo well at all.
I have a 93R17 with the BV stock, and I can tell you that I much prefer the thumbhole or would likely prefer the BRJ if I could purchase just that stock to install on my rifle. The BV stock has quite a bit of drop, and I'm more resting my chin on the stock than my cheek when I shoot it. Dad has the thumbhole for his 17 and I do on my Mark II, and the eye/cheek positioning is excellent for shooting. The BRJ is much higher and I suspect you may like it better. Definitely try each one before you buy.