I have decided to buy either a 10BA in .308 or a 110BA in .300 Winchester. The primary purpose will be paper punching, and maybe an occasional shot at a deer. Let me make a few things clear. I am not an expert shooter, and I do not plan to shoot competitions. The only ranges I have access to around here top out around 500 yards, so I will not be shooting much past that. I really like the looks of the 110BA, and I really dont see any reason to purchase the 10BA as the price difference is only about $150, and the price difference for a box of ammo is not a concern as I won't be shooting that much.
My main concern is muzzle blast. I have shot a few guns with brakes and the muzzle blast didn't bother me much. However I have heard more than one person comment about the tremendous muzzle blast from the brake on the 110BA. Can anyone comment on the muzzle blast from the 300 Winchester version of the 110BA? I have also heard that the muzzle brake on the 110BA is hard on scopes. I have a new side focus Nikon Monarch 6.5-20 that I had planned on using. Do you guys think it would hold up?
Also, how is the durabilty of the rifle overall? I will probably only shoot occasionally (once or twice a month, 20 rounds per session), as it is quite a drive to the nearest range, and my work schedule is pretty busy these days. My main concern is the accutrigger. Although I have never had a problem with the accutrigger on my 114 classic, I have heard that the design is not quite as durable as other designs.
Finally, can anyone think of a reason NOT to buy the 110BA?
I can't think of reason not to get one. I've not shat any of the BA series rifles, but I do own a couple Savage's. I believe you will find that the muzzle blast will be more unfriendly to those around you than you. I wouldn't sweat it. Buy the rifle, and for all the more shooting you are doing the Nikon will do very well for you.
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A lot depends on what is around you. The same amount of noise comes out whether it is braked or not,--it's where it is directed. If you have trees, walls, a car, or anything for that pressure wave to bounce off of, it's going to hit you like a hammer. Same goes for ANY brake, and normally, people want to stand off to the side and to the rear of the shooter, right in the blast zone. I have the 338LM in the 110BA, and I've not had the urge to shoot it without mickey mouses on.
Finally, can anyone think of a reason NOT to buy the 110BA?
Thanks in advance for any advice.
Have you actually handled one of these?
I have....and shot them, and the stock is a nightmare for me in many respects. If only shot from the bench, that doesn't matter, but if you want to take it hunting, it's a bigger concern.
I think you should at least try to handle a Remington 308 LTR, or a 5-R Mil-Spec, or a Win M70 EW...(that's one of my personal favorites, or Savage has some other models)...either on the range or in the field, and be sure it's right for you... that's what's most important.
As an added bonus, you could buy two of the above rifles, and own BOTH calibers, and end up with rifles more suitable for all-around use.
These are just my own personal opinions...not exactly the answers to the questions you asked, but you did ask for opinions as to "why not".
Last edited by Top Cat; 11-06-2011 at 06:39 PM.
Reason: Removed Humorous Commentary!
TC, you seem to have moved past opinion and into insulting. The 110-BA might not be your cup of tea, but that does not make those of us that have one "inexperienced shooters", zombie killers...maybe. I have quite a collection of firearms, and have become selective about what I purchase now. Yes, the 110 is heavy. I wanted that. Yes, the stock is bulky, but I wanted that too. I also wanted the adjustable cheek and butt, along with the pistol grip. I find it very comfortable to hold on target. I didn't buy this gun to carry around, I bought it to shoot--which it does very well. The only thing I didn't need was the triple rail, but that wasn't a big deal. Heck, I'm looking to make a similar stock for my Rem 700 out of aluminum and rosewood. If it means much, I'm big, but thin--and have big hands. Perhaps smaller people might not care for the setup, but that doesn't make either "inexperienced".
It's very easy to take opinions the wrong way on the internet, and perhaps especially so those made in jest, and although my post followed yours, I was referring to the OP, not you.
My comments were directed toward the rifle's design, not to any of the members here. I was trying to offer up my experience and trying to be funny at the same time. I guess you didn't appreciate my attempts at humor...but still... if I insulted you or anyone else in the process, that wasn't my intent.
As I wouldn't want anyone else to interpret my comments that way, I edited my post, and removed the funny comments.
Basically you are right, of course...
Humorous comments aside, my opinion was that I thought the rifle was too heavy and cumbersome for me and my build, when compared to some other designs; but granted, everyone is different in build and height, weight, etc., and in their personal preferences as well...and that's ok with me.
I don't really care what anyone else shoots one way or another.
No worries. You don't care for them, I'm sure there is a reason why. I personally like it because of the fit. I don't mind the weight, I'm pretty fit and it helps me hold it steady. It is a bit unwieldy to haul through any brush, and offhand shots are not the best. Still, I have a zombie tag to fill, as soon as I can come across one