Savage 110 BA in .338 Lapua bridges the gap between .308 and .50 BMG with a bolt action rifle that delivers in terms of accuracy and terminal ballistics.

Savage Arms 110 BA in .338 Lapua bridges the gap between .308 and .50 BMG with an innovative and state-of-the-art bolt action rifle that delivers the goods in terms of both accuracy and terminal ballistics.

The Savage 110 BA .338 Lapua is a military long range precision tactical cartridge whose time has come. Research Armament in the United States developed the original round in 1983 at the request of the U.S. Navy. The .338 uses a necked down .416 Rigby case and in its original configuration launched a 250-grain bullet at nearly 3,000 feet per second (fps) with a muzzle energy of over 4,800 foot-pounds of energy (fpe). A prototype rifle and ammunition were produced and tested by the Navy, but the cartridge never was manufactured in the U.S. Lapua and Norma finished development and got the cartridge into production. In addition to Lapua, Black Hills now loads both 250- and 300-grain cartridges. In the latter configuration, the 300-grain bullet leaves the muzzle at 2,800 fps with a whopping 5,223 fpe. By comparison, a 168-grain .308 match cartridge has a muzzle velocity of only approximately 2,600 fps and 2,180 fpe. The .308 is totally overshadowed by the .338 Lapua, although most rifles in this caliber are only marginally heavier than precision tactical rifles chambered for the .308.

Savage 110 BA accepts all state-of-the-art accessories — such as Leupold’s  4.5-14x50mm tactical rifle scope and OSTI’s AN/PVS-22 night vision optic, while side mounts would accommodate other accessories, including lasers.

As the .338 Lapua became accepted by a number of the world’s military forces to bridge the gap between the .308 and .50 BMG, it was only a matter of time before the U.S. military began to consider it. As this is written in mid-2010, the following countries are using .338s: Austria, Germany, France, Finland, Norway, South Africa, Great Britain and several units within the U.S. military, including both Army and Navy special operations units.

For law enforcement, the .338 bears examination because most organizations desire a rifle whose ballistics exceed those of the traditional .308 for positive vehicle stops, defeating hard targets such as brick walls and other situations where the .308 or .223 isn’t sufficient, but where use of a .50 BMG rifle might be “overkill” and negatively viewed by civilians or the news media.

Gun Details
The Savage “Accutrigger” can be set to incredibly low pull weights because of its innovative design. The trigger-mounted safety physically blocks the sear until it is taken up in preparation for firing — even in the “fire” position.

In addition to .338 Lapua, the Savage 110 BA is available in .300 Win Mag. The Savage 110 BA is a bolt-action rifle fed from a detachable box magazine, but differs in its construction from any conventional bolt action rifle. The Savage 110 BA is manufactured almost entirely of aluminum alloy and steel, which comprises the magazine, barrel, receiver, bolt, muzzle brake and a few other components. The 110 BA’s stock assembly and grip frame are hard-anodized aircraft aluminum. The 110 BA’s only non-metallic components are the AR-15-type pistol grip, the cheekrest and buttstock pad. The 110 BA makes use of top quality components throughout. The stock is Magpul’s Precision Rifle Sniper (PRS) adjustable stock that is fully adjustable for length of pull and cheekrest height, while providing rugged durability to deal with virtually any field condition.

Load Comments
  • Ron

    I just bought the 338 version, its a lot heavier than I thought it would be once you have the bi pod and the scope and magazine in it. LOVE THIS THING !!!!

  • Eugene Rigga

    How much is it and if I can afford it when can it be shipped to my gun dealer.

  • Anthony

    I have owned the 110BA .338 LM for two years. this weapon is deadly accurate and has with-stood everything i have thrown at it ranging from 250 grain to 300 grain(packs a hell of a punch at 300). barrel life is great wont have to replace till i believe i have put 1500 rounds through the barrel; please correct me if I am wrong people. But my shot groups are grouped 1.25″ at 800 yards at my local range here in Georgia. Man I can’t wait to shot it again.

  • jethrow

    ive got a m111 338 lapua mag and an osprey 10-40×50 its ridiculously awesome

  • T-HAN

    I am thinking about purchasing a savage .338 lapoa, my question is how reliable are they has any one owned one for any lingth of time ? i do own a savage .17 HMR and a savage 7MM mag and they are both very accurate and reliable.

  • Jack Corn

    I’m looking for an adjustable rest that screws in the bottom of the Savage 110 BA. Don’t know exactally what it would be called

  • Jon

    shot groups are measured by taking the total diamiter of the group and subtracting the diamiter of the bullet, therefore it is possable to have a 1/4″ group at 200 yards. in fact i belive the rocord is just a few thaousanths of an inch at 200 yards…

  • Johan

    I like what I see from the Savage 110BA, I stay in South Africa and will shortly order me one of those, I am a Savage fan, do have a 2506 and a 22-250 Savage.

  • mkm

    Sorry, typos changed meaning.
    I meant to say…
    I have no reason to think the savage 110 ba can’t do this too.

  • mkm

    Hey Todd,
    What the hell has the projectile ojive got to do with a group?

    DO you know what ojive means?

    All Dwayne’s statement say’s is that he dropped 3 shott basically into the same hole at 200 yrds.

    My match rifles do this consistantly, and I have no reason to think the 110 BA can do this aswell.


  • Todd

    Not to be critical but SURE you did, the ogive itself is larger than 1\4 in so three of them………… This is an outstanding weapons platform no doubt whatsoever but lets not take to bolstering things in the manner that the Left does.

  • dwayne

    One great rifle I shot a 1/4 inch 3 shot group at 201 yards when sighting in.