Savage 10 BAS scope rail – not a Picatinny

Dear Savage Arms… What the fuck?

Turns out, the freaking huge rail system mounted on the Savage 10 BA precision rifles actually isn’t a Picatinny, but apparently a Weaver rail or some other abomination. Which isn’t that huge of a deal if you are Joe Shmoe who just wants to mount regular two-piece scope rings that stay on that particular rifle “forever”… but it is a huge deal, if you’re trying to mount one-piece rings like my amazingly expensive ERA TAC that I bought specifically so I could easily swap optics between my rifles. Or any other kind of quick-release rings for that matter, since you have to space them according to the weaver profile, which will prevent you from putting that scope/ring-combo on any of your other rifles, since they most likely will have Picatinny rails.

Why for petes sake would you cut that rail to any other spec than Picatinny? The rifle is sold in your  law enforcement line of rifles… Law enforcement, as in police and military! MIL-STD-1913, anyone? Isn’t that the whole point of standards? So you can use them? Like everybody else in the industry?

Anyone else stumbled upon that problem? Looks like the workaround would be to cut new slots, or at least “adjust” one of them, so the scope mounts second recoil lug can slip into the widened slot.
Have the fine folks at Savage Arms come to their senses by now and fixed this in their later production line, or are all the 110 BA,  10 BAS-K and 10 BAT/S-K affected?

6 thoughts on “Savage 10 BAS scope rail – not a Picatinny”

  1. NO!!!!!! they are still using Weaver rails that I had to find out from Badger Ordnance. Thank God at least they know what is going on. Savage still insists on calling their rail a Picatinny, but it’s not. And yeah, I cut the rail so the rings would fit

  2. Just hit this issue with a 34 MM JP 1-piece heavy lug mount. SIGH…. I hope they guy that chose weaver over 1913 chokes on his own stupidity! GRRRR… Well, on a bright note, the single clamp BoBro QD mounts do work. Problem is, the 34MM mount is double lug, which I’m sure will be a problem, not to mention is’s $325. This is the last straw, Savage will not get another cent of my gun budget.

  3. Found out the same thing recently. LaRue mounts won’t work on a Savage 110BA, nor would my scope fit that had rings spaced for a standard pic rail. It’s messed up for sure!

  4. Still happening with a BA 110 purchased February 18th., 2016. I sure wish I would’ve had the smarts to come find this before I spent the money on this rifle, scope and ring setup.

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