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Savage 110 BA .300 win mag review

 
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Old 10-17-2010, 10:46 AM
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Re: Savage 110 BA .300 win mag review

Thank you very much guys for the update and analysis of this tool. The weapon looks cool for sure.

For a lot less money I think I would just call Fred and add my own drop mag to an old 110 bugholing 300 Mag.

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Old 10-17-2010, 07:39 PM
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Re: Savage 110 BA .300 win mag review

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....continued from above.

the 3 position safety is where it should be - on the tang. i do prefer the old "lump" button savage safety compared to the new one, as the old one seemed easier to find by feel.

the bolt and magazine. the 6 round (.300 win mag, .338 is 5 round) magazine seemed a little "chimsey" to me, seemed it would be easy to damage or get out of shape. the bolt finish was nice, however the bolt face and lugs didn't hint to me that it was from anything else than an average savage .300 win mag. - not that being an average savage .300 win mag is a bad thing, just doesn' seem to be "upgraded" for a $2,000+ rifle.


the rear stock: nice on an AR, felt a little retarded on this. i appreciated the adjustable LOP and cheekpiece, however it was thin and seemed out of place. i would opt for a beefier rear stock or at least a beefier cheekpiece at least to trick myself to feel like i have a more comfortable stock under me. i don't know, it just seemed weird to have a stock used on CQB rifles on this. rode a rear bag horribly. just my opinion, will have to play with it more.

all in all i felt priviledge to fire this rifle, but at the same time a little let down with the performance and feel of it. i think i'd rather put $2,200 on a national match M-14 or a SOCOM.
again, i'm going to sign her out again sometime over the next month to see of some of the bad vibes i was getting subside. coming from a huge savage fan and shooter, this just seemed not to equal the hype, expense, and performance that is talked about. was it just me? i don't know. it has it's good points, and a few odd ones, in the end after experimenting more i may be dead wrong.
however, i would prefer a mcmillian, hs precision, or choate feel and comfort to it rather than the AR style setup. i left with the overall view that $2,000+ could be spent better on a rifle that fits the individual tastes better. once again perhaps it's just me.

as for today, it was like going to see your favorite band perform live in concert, then realize they stink abit when out of the studio. just feeling a little mixed, but as i said before, i believe i have to do some more shooting with it. but i do applaud savage for taking the jump with this and the other new models they have out there, and for listening to their customers.

UPDATE:

the club had to return the rifles as there was a whole bunch of BS to go through with the ATF to hold on to them, so i wan't able to shoot it again. however, i do feel priviliged to shoot it, but a little saddened that i wasn't able to pull the trigger with a better rest, set up, and no line behind me to see once in for all if the rifle was "all that" or if is was just the rests we were using.
I don't know much about the 180 SST bullets in a 300 Winchester, but I know they don't shoot well in the Weatherby mags if that matters much. My guess is the bullets were the problem. I also agree with yor thoughts on the bipod. How was the glass?
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Old 03-06-2012, 09:44 PM
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Re: Savage 110 BA .300 win mag review

Where did you buy your savage 110 ba for $1700???
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Old 03-27-2012, 10:28 AM
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Re: Savage 110 BA .300 win mag review

I have mine set up with a 56mm Center Point 30mm tube with side focus. It requires high rings. I have not found an inaccurate load yet however the best so far is 175 gr hpbtm with 75 grs AA Mag Pro.
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Old 09-22-2012, 12:21 PM
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Re: Savage 110 BA .300 win mag review

Not affiliated with Savage in any way... great reviews and I registered just to add mine (and I will be back, nice forum!!)

Savage 110BA .338 (not mine, I own the .300 version but that is another story).

I had an opportunity to fire the .338 version with a Leup 8.5x25 LR/T on a Harris Bipod using 250 grn Fed Match. I had never fired the rifle before, was invited by a friend.

The gun is, well, "not" attractive (Like, say a McMillan stock, etc). It is weighty but not too bad for its purpose. Has numerous ergonomic adjustments for cheek and fit. The Leup had nice relief so I wasn't worried about a black eye but I was somewhat concerned about recoil. There was basically NOTHING. My .308 hits my shoulder harder! That is the truth. I was rather stunned at how little recoil exists in this configuration and, aside from a gun no heavier than my AI Chassis Rem 700 based .308, it must be the brake. Works wonderfully.

Accuracy...? Well, we were shooting to a 1050 yd steel target in winds around 10 to 12 mph in temps about 95 degrees. We had dialed in the scope so this is all mechanics. Trigger is stellar for a factory pull, no creep, no grit and breaks nicely (not sure of weight but I have a Rifle Basix in mine at 2# and this "seemed" about the same - has a built in 'trigger' safety as well [sim to Glock's] - and it broke with that proper surprise. The Lapua travels fast and there was SO little recoil I could get back on and SEE it hit! And hear it hit! Target was a 14" steel circle, hit at 3 about 4" right of bull. Second shot was still 3 but about 1" right of bull... so TWO shots out of a gun I'd never fired before and within 3 or 4" of each other on a 'blustery day whinny the pooh' and that was something. We did fire four rounds at a 1750 yd target and believe we hit it twice but frankly none of us were willing to say "for sure" because in that wind we could not hear it hit and with a decent 80 power spotting scope we could not REALLY see a spot aside from the two we 'thought' but weren't sure.

The gun is worth it (Bud's guns seems to be selling them low prices as is TinStarShooting in OK)... and I bought the .300WM so we'll see how it runs next to my friend's .338 (he is richer!)... thanks for the original review, the forum. All be safe!
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Old 09-22-2012, 07:00 PM
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Re: Savage 110 BA .300 win mag review

My personal opinion is that the BA is fine for the bench, thats it. I'll take my 11-111 in 338 with a cheek rest any day over the BA tank. I'm not into extra picatinny rails and pistol grips. Pistol grips remind me of that tactical crap/AK 47 stuff, again, just my take on things.....

...and AI makes the 'chintzy' 100 dollar plus magazine for Savage, muzzle brakes and rails are EGW and Karsten makes the cheekpiece and of course HS makes the option stock.

Finally, the BA in a smaller caliber than 338 is sort ot anti-climatic.

I suspect that Savage threw together the rifle/scope combo for the event, probably forgot the 338 rounds. At least they didn't show up with Hornady crap or no fire-misfire PPU's.....

Finally, whats with the blanked out faces? Is that to protect the innocent?
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Old 09-23-2012, 12:53 PM
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Re: Savage 110 BA .300 win mag review

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My personal opinion is that the BA is fine for the bench, thats it. I'll take my 11-111 in 338 with a cheek rest any day over the BA tank. I'm not into extra picatinny rails and pistol grips. Pistol grips remind me of that tactical crap/AK 47 stuff, again, just my take on things.....

...and AI makes the 'chintzy' 100 dollar plus magazine for Savage, muzzle brakes and rails are EGW and Karsten makes the cheekpiece and of course HS makes the option stock.

Finally, the BA in a smaller caliber than 338 is sort ot anti-climatic.

I suspect that Savage threw together the rifle/scope combo for the event, probably forgot the 338 rounds. At least they didn't show up with Hornady crap or no fire-misfire PPU's.....

Finally, whats with the blanked out faces? Is that to protect the innocent?
actually Savage has been selling a lot of the 110BA and 110BAS rifles for about a year now. Several military groups from other nations have adopted it as the goto rifle. Still I agree that it has too many dodads built into it for me. I don't care for the brand of rail mount they went with, and would rather have seen them build a magazine well that accepted the M14 style or something on that idea. Lastly the rifle is a tad heavy (so is the Remington the Army uses right now). That rifle will get really old carrying it for ten klicks thru the mountains.
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