SAVAGE 110 BA
The Savage 110 BA is a bolt-action sniper/tactical rifle manufactured by the Savage Arms Company. The rifle is designated with an “LE” code; “Law Enforcement”. All 110 BA series rifles are configured with AccuTrigger, matte-blued barreled action, fluted heavy free-floating, muzzle brake, oversized bolt handle, external box magazine (holding 5 – 6 rounds), magpul adjustable stock, adjustable pistol grip, and three swivel studs for sling and bipod mounting.
GRIPS / STOCK
The 110 BA comes with a Magpul Industries PRS-G3 stock. The stock is considered a precision Rifle/Sniper stock. The stock includes an adjustable length of pull and an adjustable cheek rest for customization to the operator’s requirements. The adjustments are achieved via rotating dials that incrementally move the butt plate and cheek rest respectively back and forth or up and down. The stock features a rubber recoil pad with an aluminum core for reduced fatigue and stainless steel adjustment shafts for corrosion resistance. Molded from nylon reinforced polymer. The stock includes an adapter for sling mounting.
The 110 BA also comes stock with a Heckler & Koch PSG1 style pistol grip. The grip is a target-type grip which contains an adjustable palm shelf. A hex bolt rather than a rotating dial tightens or loosens the palm shelf. Loosening the bolt allows for the palm rest to move up and down to accommodate the shooters hand size. Tightening the bolt locks the rest into a set position that is now customized to the shooters hand size.
The Savage 110 BA rifle is provided with pre-drilled holes for attachment of a Picatinny rail system; which the rifle comes with. The picatinny rail allows for a variety of add-ons. The rail is long enough to mount a scope towards the receiver end and can accommodate such devices as night vision in “front” of the scope. The rail system also has two side mounts for additional devices such as flashlights or laser sighting.
A free-floating barrel means that the barrel does not touch the stock that is connected to it except at the very end near the receiver and bolt end; where it is attached. The advantage to this design is that there is less vibration resonance. This means that as bullets are fired down the barrel their energy is usually channeled down the edges of the barrel. If the barrel were touching the stock throughout its entire length the energy traveling down the barrel would be transferred to the stock. This transference of energy to the stock would thus cause resonance which results in prolongation of vibrations by reflection. The effect of this is that the entire rifle tends to vibrate which causes inaccuracy as accuracy is a product of stability and not movement. A barrel that is free-floating thus eliminates these problems.
The 110 BA comes with a 3.5″ inch Muzzle brake that is threaded to an industry standard 5/8×24 (5/8-24 UNEF-3A) thread pitch. Savage felt that a muzzle brake was essential in the rifle design as the .338 Lapua Magnum round generates recoil that most shooters find unpleasant. The muzzle brakes bottom gills were filled forcing the expanding gases to channel up and out. This feature would eliminate any “dust cloud” when firing from a prone position which would normally give away a shooters position in a tactical situation. By channeling the expanding gases upward and backward muzzle flip and recoil is reduced by what Savage claims is 35 percent. Project designer Steve Danneker claims the 110 BA has recoil comparable and similar to that of the .308 Winchester round.
The rifling rate of twist is:
1 in 9″ for all 110 BA .338 models
1 in 10″ for all 110 BA .300 models
Savage utilized the Accuracy International detachable five-round, single stack box magazine for the 110 BA.
An important note on the 110 BA magazine is that it adheres to the .338 Lapua Magnum cartridges loaded to the C.I.P. (Commission Internationale Permanente pour l’Epreuve des Armes à Feu Portatives) maximum allowed overall length of 93.50 mm (3.681 in). It actually accepts up to a 3.760-inch overall length round, though most factory ammunition doesn’t exceed 3.600 inches. This is an important distinction because some rifles chambered in .338 Lapua Magnum such as the Accuracy International AWM does not adhere to CIP standard and thus does not function properly due to a lack of internal magazine length. The reason for this problem is that the AWSM bolt-action is not specifically designed for the fat and long .338 Lapua Magnum cartridge. Because of this, ammunition manufacturers produce .338 Lapua Magnum cartridges that are loaded short enough (˜ 91.44 mm / 3.600 in) to fit in the AWSM magazines. As long as .338 Lapua Magnum cartridges that will fit in the magazines are used, the AWSM rifles can be used as repeating rifles instead of single shot rifles.
Adjustable butt plate
Adjustable cheek pad
Target-type pistol grip with adjustable palm shelf
Adjustable rail for bipod
Muzzle Brake for less recoil
Heavy fluted barrel for accuracy and increased heat dissipation
Free-floating barrel for accuracy
This rifle is considered a long range sniper rifle. This rifle shoots a sub-MOA out of the box using heavy match ammunition. The tolerances of this rifle are such that the receiver and bolt are specifically manufactured for each other. Both have the same serial numbers etched on them in order to match each other correctly . The bolt is NOT interchangeable with other rifles even within the same model. This information is printed on a plastic warning label that protects the disassembled bolt which is part of the shipping box from Savage.
The 110 BA comes with the Savage Arms developed “AccuTrigger”. This trigger is intended to give a shooter the flexibility to set trigger pull to individual preference without having to pay a gunsmith to adjust it. The trigger can be adjusted from 6.5 to 26 N (1.5 to 6 lbf). The AccuTrigger is completely safe and cannot accidentally discharge during normal use from being jarred or dropped when maintained and adjusted as intended.