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The Savage 110 BA: Power Purchase

The Savage Model 110 BA.

Although Savage Arms is best known for its value-priced, yet accurate and feature-filled Model 110-based hunting rifles, and more recently, its competition-ready Model 12 variants, since the early 1990s the company has offered tactical-oriented models in its law enforcement (LE) line. These rifles, however, are available for civilian sale. In 2009 the company unveiled its newest and most technologically advanced LE models to date: the 10 BAS-K and 10 BAT/S-K. The rifles represented not only Savage’s first venture into modular firearm construction, but also served as a means to a greater, more powerful, end.

“We needed to test the waters first before leaping,” said Marketing Manager Bill Dermody. “From the beginning we wanted to do a .338 Lapua Mag. But since we had never made a modular system before, we decided to do it in .308 Win. first. That was the right call, and we ended up with a better .338 Lapua Mag. because of it.”

In fact, so positive was feedback regarding the 10 BAS-K and 10 BAT/S-K rifles that, beginning in February/March 2009—shortly after the Model 10s were displayed at the SHOT Show—development of the .300 Win. Mag.- and .338 Lapua Mag.-chambered Model 110 BA got underway. Project Designer Steve Danneker was tasked with developing the rifle. He drew heavily from the smaller-caliber platform that had been developed by coworkers Jack Anderson and Dan Borecki, as well as feedback from Team Savage F-Class long-range shooters (Stan Pate, Darrell Buell, John Weil and Monte Milanuk) and shooter Pete Forras.

“General things about accuracy apply to a variety of products, and many of these were included in the initial design of this gun,” explained Dermody. “Then, when it came down to specifics, Team Savage members were our first test pilots. There were several iterations of prototypes and some pretty significant changes made based upon the feedback from these guys. Believe me; their fingerprints are all over that rifle.” Given the team’s success on the competitive scene—F-T/R—the world over, following its advice would prove a wise decision.

“As part of the Team USA F-T/R, itself part of the USA F-Class Team, Team Savage’s amazing abilities helped the American team win the world F-T/R championship this past summer, so when they gave me feedback, I listened,” added Danneker. “They gave me a laundry list of issues they found in shooting the rifles. Each issue was corrected based on the feedback.

“I first looked at the strengths of the Model 10 BAS-K and 10 BAT/S-K chassis system, and cranked them up a notch,” said Danneker. “Using the framework established with the short-action Model 10 variants, as well as what we learned from the Model 12 precision-target-series—Bench Rest and Palma—rifles, which I helped develop, laid the foundation for the Model 110 BA. But, even before the first rifle was built, everything was ‘grown’ from a SLA (Stereolithography Apparatus) before we ever cut a chip of material for this rifle. It gave me an actual rifle to have in my hand to feel what the real thing would be like before jumping into the cost of machining parts.”

The Model 110 BA’s modular stock design, with the buttstock, grip, bedding area and fore-end being separate pieces, certainly aided the change from short to long-action; however, completing the task was by no means easy. “It was a balancing act between the improved receiver lockup with the long, .338 Lapua Mag. magazine opening and the 110 receiver action screw location with the BA stock chassis system,” explained Danneker. “Essentially, I had to find the perfect balance between what the new chassis system could do with the 110 action for the .338 Lapua Mag.

“It looks like a long version of the Model 12 target action but has an extra-long opening— 3.90 inches —to accommodate the lengthy cartridge,” described Danneker. “Additionally, the lockup area is thicker, and the magazine well is made to fit the Accuracy International (AI) .338 Lapua Mag. detachable, single-stack magazine.” Why a single-stack magazine? “Double-stacks with these cartridges [.338 Lapua Mag. and similar] are a nightmare sometimes, and I wanted the most reliable component in this system,” he said.

“The black, five-round magazine is C.I.P. (Commission Internationale Permanente pour l’Epreuve des Armes à Feu Portatives) length, accepting up to a 3.760-inch overall length round, though most factory ammunition doesn’t exceed 3.600 inches,” reported Danneker. “It’s the longest that will fit into a Model 110 action and still feed, and it is based on AI’s C.I.P. magazine for its chassis system.” Except for modified feed lips and one additional round in capacity, the .300 Win. Mag. magazine mimics that of the .338 Lapua Mag. In addition to those from Accuracy International, Savage Arms will also source magazines from another supplier for the Model 110 BA.

Like the rifle’s Model 12 Palma and Bench Rest counterparts, but not the Model 10 BAS-K and BAT/S-K, the 110 BA received additional attention to detail to further enhance accuracy, though the Model 110 design is well-known for excellent accuracy anyway. According to Danneker, “I used very tight specifications we established for the receiver, barrel, bolt head and body, recoil lug and locknut. In testing the trued part versus the standard version on the Palma rifle project, we found the trued part usually resulted in groups half the size of those from non-trued components.” As such, the 110 BA received said treatment.

As for the Model 110 bolt, the floating bolt head, which has dual-opposing locking lugs and is widely acclaimed as an inherently accurate design, is a cross between the long heavy magnum and the shorter WSM. “It is the thickest and heaviest bolt head we make, assuring that we have the most robust and precise component in this rifle, explained Danneker. “Further, the bolt face and lock-up surfaces are trued to within 0.002 inches of the stem’s perpendicularity.” Instead of a standard rounded bolt knob, the 110 BA features a knurled, lengthened version that, according to Danneker, aids uplift and primary extraction. Extraction is via a sliding-plate extractor, located on the right lug, and ejection is by way of a spring-loaded ejector in the bolt face.

“Since the matte-black, 6061 T6 aluminum stock has the AccuStock built in, I made up a new recoil lug with the larger 1 1/8-inch shank,” said Danneker. “It is essentially a target recoil lug with the AccuStock profile ground flat to within 0.0005 inches, and the other side is parallel within 0.0005 inches.” The fore-end assembly was slightly modified from that of the Model 10 BAS-K and BAT/S-K; however, like the Model 10s the fore-end features three-swivel studs—one on each side and the third on the bottom, for attachment of a bipod. “I wanted to offer the shooter options if they want to attach a sling on either side,” explained Danneker. The 1 1/2-inch-loop sling attachment and quick-detach front sling mount on the Magpul buttstock can easily be moved to the other side, if preferred.

When designing the Model 110 BA’s barrel, performance and maneuverability were foremost considerations. To attain the “required” 3000-fps mark with a 250-grain projectile in the .338 Lapua Mag.-chambered variant, Danneker selected a 26-inch 4140 chrome-moly barrel. Including the muzzle brake, the free-floating barrel measures a lengthy, yet still manageable, 29.5 inches, giving the rifle an overall length of 50.5 inches. The .300 Win. Mag.-chambered 110 BA’s barrel mimics that of the .338 Lapua Mag. version. The rifle’s predecessors, the Model 10 BAS-K and BAT/S-K, had 24-inch barrels (not including the muzzle brake).

To reduce weight, as well as quicken cooling, the barrel has six, 15.5-inch-long flutes. At the receiver the barrel is 1.1250 inches in diameter, whereas at the junction with the muzzle brake it measures 0.900 inches. Depending on cartridge, the barrel is chambered with either C.I.P. (.338 Lapua Mag.) or Sporting Arms and Ammunition Manufacturers’ Institute (SAAMI) (.300 Win. Mag.) reamers from JGS Precision Tool of Coos Bay, Ore. Like the receiver and chassis, the barrel has a matte-black finish.

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31 Responses to The Savage 110 BA: Power Purchase

Dean B wrote:
January 18, 2014

I purchased mine this past Summer and could not be any more pleased. My first group looked like one ragged hole. I dropped a Nightforce 5.5 x 22 x 56 NPR1 on it and calibrated the zero out to 1600 yards.

Jerry wrote:
October 12, 2013

Why is it that no one can spell or even make a complete sentence on this thread?

Darcy Potter wrote:
April 24, 2013

I bought (2) 110BA 338LM one for my 22 year old son and one for myself he has a leupold m4 and I am running a S&B PMII 5x25 love the rifle 1500Meter 300gr VLD I hit steel every time

temagam74 wrote:
February 03, 2013

I had the same ammo jam problem with Hornady .338 ammo-My local shop massaged the chamber a bit and now it works great-The gun comes pretty tight from the factory

jr wrote:
December 05, 2012

nice gun...the down side...extra magazine cost $105.00...too much money for a 10 round magazine

elliot wrote:
October 22, 2012

I got mine for 1700 from cabelas new. Mine jammed the first time and was a pain to get unjammed.

Dean c Papapetrou wrote:
October 11, 2012

Great rifle need to have more ammo loaded next time I go to range.

jeffaes110 wrote:
June 07, 2012

have had my savage 110 ba 300 win mag 2 i have a savage 110ba and it is awsom 1500 mtrs 7in plates have strike markings in 4 to 5 1/4 in groups she is awsom i use diffrent match loads 300 m 500 m 1000 m and 1500 m i ove this jme110

savage model 110 muzzle break wrote:
April 22, 2012

how much do thay run muzzle braek for model 110 savage rifle

Jamie wrote:
April 07, 2012

I just shoot my savage 110 and the shell wedged in chamber. I was shooting hornady 285 BTHP. Did this hurt the gun you think?I would have thought hornady would be right. Can somebody tell me what factory shell does shoot good in this rifle. Thanks for any input!

MS6295 wrote:
April 05, 2012

Bought one not to long ago put 15 rounds in a 8.5' group at about 1500 yds. Very happy with it.

Dennis wrote:
March 04, 2012

BTW....The torque specs for the stock to action fastners is 45" lbs My 110BA is poking the same hole at 100yds =]

Dennis wrote:
March 04, 2012

Sierra has case length specs of 2.724"......no friggin way,mine would not extract spent cases with that spec. Try 2.714" or less,there are many other correct length specs indicated out there that are updated. Savages chambers run tight,I sent mine in for the same reason. CHECK YOUR CASE LENGTH.

Dave wrote:
February 21, 2012

Great gun. Quarter inch groups at 100 yds. 2&3/4 inch groups at 600 yds. Coupled up with Nightforce 8 x 32. Shoots as well as custom guns for half the cost.

jesse wrote:
February 10, 2012

Mine jammed first round bullet weilded its self in chamber savage told me they would expedite service still waiting

wallJ wrote:
January 14, 2012

I just ordered my 338LM and can't wait for her I offered too trade in my ol lady for it but they wouldn't take her so for sale slightly used ol lady she can cook and clean. Won't take less then 2grand trades welcome

Dennis wrote:
January 13, 2012

What is the suggested torque setting of the wedge screw? I just sdjusted my trigger and would like to get it right. Thanks in advance

Dennis wrote:
January 11, 2012

I have one coming and also have a Leupold 8.5x25x50 mil dot illuminated for it. Wished I would have seen this article before I ordered the super high mark4 rings for it. This is my second Lapua.

Tbonz wrote:
December 23, 2011

Am so glad i bought this rifle. it is very comfortable to shoot and very accurate even with the factory loads. absolutely love this gun and calibre good job to Savage..

Fess wrote:
December 22, 2011

I have one and all i can say is ba stands for. It is the best rifle I have ever owned.

chris shanks wrote:
October 02, 2011

Total price?

mike wrote:
September 22, 2011

I am interested in optics for the 338 lap. What are you using and at what range(s)

Scott wrote:
September 09, 2011

My 338LM loves 300gSMK's and have run 550 rounds of the 300's 200 rounds of 285 Hornady HPBT Match and 100 rnds of 250gr Scenars. I have been able to get 4.75" 5 shot groups @ 800yds. One @ 3.25". Yep. love my 110.

calvin wrote:
July 12, 2011

After much time and work I have found my TRUE LOVE, This rifle (300 win mag) loaded with 208 gr amax and 75.3 grains rl22 is shooting 5 shot groups at 200 yards that will scare you. Even my wife found the rifle and load fun a to shoot. I am heasded to Pa. in 2 weeks to a shooting school and match. will let you know what the rifle will do at 1000 +++

John Godfrey wrote:
June 30, 2011

I got my 338 110BA two weeks ago and took it to a nearby 100 yard range. After getting on paper, I shot my first three round group. It was a one hole 3/16 inch group with Federal 250gr. match ammo. Needless to say I am happy with this rifle.

calvin wrote:
May 17, 2011

Drove from Post Falls Idaho to Great Falls Montana just to purchase my 110 ba (300 win). 5hrs to be exact.( our local CABELAS was to in love with theirs to match everyones price.) Well worth the drive THANKS SCHEELS, anxious to shoot but need to finish some polishing of the bore and seasoning before I work the bolt on some 200gr accubonds loaded with RL22.

dave wrote:
April 22, 2011

I recentpurchased one of these. most amazing rifle I have ever owned. find somewhere that is still willing to do layaway. that's how I did it

Russell wrote:
April 13, 2011

I'm willing to eat McDonalds food for years so I can buy one!!!

gordon wrote:
April 10, 2011

i wish i could find one

brett wrote:
March 12, 2011

Wish I could have afford one!

Brett Wessell wrote:
March 12, 2011

I am a current Vet, luckly no battle fiels woundes. I 've bee wantting a Savage Model 10, .308! I always wanted to be a sniper! I love going to the range and out complete The normal commpettire! Thanks If you could send me some Information! Thanks Brett Wessell!