Watch this space: BOHICA .50 BMG arrives, pics and range report


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iamkris
March 21, 2008, 07:31 PM
I was traveling this week when my BOHICA FAR-50 Mk II .50 BMG upper arrived on Tuesday. Info on this rifle (and the feeding frenzy that has ensued is here http://www.thehighroad.org/showthread.php?t=278762) However, with Good Friday off, I figured I could assemble the rifle, go through some familiarization and sneak off to zero it at the range in the afternoon.

First, I've changed the set up from what I originally intended. Instead of a Magpul PRS stock, I used an A2 stock and filled the stock cavity with a competition lead weight, adding 4 lbs to the rifle. I have a DPMS lower and kept the stock trigger because it was (surprisingly) crisp. A Wolff extra power hammer spring will make sure military primers are ignited but also leaves me with a 9 lb pull weight...I added an EZPull device which cuts the pull to about 4 or 5 lbs. I put a plastic dust cover/plug in the mag well and removed the buffer, spring and bolt hold lever since this is a dedicated lower. I have a Burris Tactical 3-9x scope to begin with. Burris Tactical 6-screw mounts.

First, impressions. Overall, the improvements the company made seem good. The muzzle brake looks like it will be much more effective (similar to an AR50 brake). Reasonably good metal and polymer work but not perfect. The spring loaded bipod works really nicely. It took a bit of fiddling to get the upper on the lower. The rear pin didn't want to go in, but the more I work it, the easier it is to assemble. The bolt wouldn't cock the hammer when I first tried, however, I found a burr on the cam and 5 swiped with a fine file and now it works fine. All in all, it is very good workmanship for the price (about 1/2 of what others want for a .50).

Next...it is a BEAST.

http://i27.tinypic.com/e5iql2.jpg

http://i26.tinypic.com/2rxjq0y.jpg

With a 24 lb upper and the weight I put in the stock, it tops 30 lbs on the scale.

http://i31.tinypic.com/143deza.jpg

Bolt, action and cartridge shots

http://i28.tinypic.com/2ccl84n.jpg

http://i31.tinypic.com/zveply.jpg

Here's the obligatory muzzle shot...that's a big hole.

http://i32.tinypic.com/2j5etxy.jpg

Finally, as another way to get a sense of scale of the thing, here's a comparison of a 16" M4-gery, a 24" 6.5 Grendel and the BOHICA.

http://i25.tinypic.com/b991k3.jpg

So...how about the range report? My intent was to get the rifle zeroed and at least a little shooting to test basic accuracy and function with military ball ammo. I was also going to have some videos posted. Unfortunately, Mother Nature decided to dump on the Chicago with a early spring snowstorm that shut down our range.

http://i30.tinypic.com/2ngwmtw.jpg

Maybe next weekend.

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homeka45
March 23, 2008, 12:40 AM
Thanks for the great pics. I'll be looking forward to the range report. Boy that looks cold.

Hardtarget
March 23, 2008, 01:13 AM
Even tho I can't blame you for NOT going to the range...I would have liked to see the snow cloud your rifle would kick up when fired! :what: More pics when things improve weather-wise.

Mark.

rust collector
March 23, 2008, 11:43 AM
What's the gizmo in the trigger guard, Kris? Besides the trigger, that is.

Wes Janson
March 23, 2008, 12:55 PM
I could be proven wrong here, but I'm strongly suspecting that the Burris isn't going to hold up to the recoil. Not knocking Burris, but I've had recoil problems using a .308, and .50 is notorious for chewing up optics. Their warranty is great, though.

mrmeval
March 23, 2008, 01:51 PM
It's an EZ Pull trigger assist
http://www.ezpulltriggerassist.com/

CBS220
March 23, 2008, 01:57 PM
I could be proven wrong here, but I'm strongly suspecting that the Burris isn't going to hold up to the recoil. Not knocking Burris, but I've had recoil problems using a .308, and .50 is notorious for chewing up optics. Their warranty is great, though.

The fine folks at BOHICA actually recommend the Fullfield series.

And it's a good scope, IMO.

While the .50 may give it a beating, the warranty will make it A-OK. No need to spend six times as much on a Nightforce if he doesn't regularly shoot at extreme distance.

Dionysusigma
March 23, 2008, 02:11 PM
Lame.

Install some iron sights :evil:


I'm pretty dang jealous right now. :)

elmerfudd
March 23, 2008, 02:30 PM
Lame.

Install some iron sights

I'd like to see a few offhand groups as well.

fernie kazam
March 24, 2008, 07:51 AM
how much did it cost??
how much per round??

iamkris
March 24, 2008, 10:11 AM
The upper is running around $1000...their "introductory" price. The metalwork is a bit rougher than "perfect" but it certainly doesn't impede functioning. I can't imagine that the price won't go up, though. BOHICA has shipped around 300 units so far and has a 18 month backlog. Simple economics says that the price will be raised to manage demand.

I have 100 rounds of Igman M33 at around $3.00 per round. I have components to reload at around $2.00 per round.

Shear_stress
March 24, 2008, 12:55 PM
Looks like tons of fun. I would love to have a .50 BMG rifle to play around with.

The only concern I would have is that, based on the pictures, the only locking surface on the Bohica seems to be on the bolt handle, like a .22 bolt gun. Maybe I'm just overly paranoid, but it would be nice to have a "safety lug" or something of the kind for a cartridge like that.

VARifleman
March 24, 2008, 03:28 PM
SS, there are 2 lugs on either side of the bolt face.

jason10mm
March 24, 2008, 04:11 PM
I think I'll throw my name in the hat this summer if the price stays low. That way I can still save for the M99 and by the time I get the BOHICA I should also have the M99 and I can decide to sell one if necessary.

Shear_stress
March 24, 2008, 04:19 PM
SS, there are 2 lugs on either side of the bolt face.

Good deal. I guess I just didn't seem them in the picture.

Auburn1992
March 24, 2008, 04:25 PM
What's the recoil like on that?

VARifleman
March 24, 2008, 05:57 PM
Good deal. I guess I just didn't seem them in the picture.
You can see them at the 9 and 3 position on the bolt face in picture 4 and 5.

Shear_stress
March 24, 2008, 06:08 PM
You can see them at the 9 and 3 position on the bolt face in picture 4 and 5.

From the picture it's difficult to tell if those rotate or remain fixed. That's why I was confused.

Arkie
March 24, 2008, 06:15 PM
Now that is Nice!!!

Sorry to hear about snow.

I would have also liked to see an a snow cloud too.

Snow? BANG!!! What snow. LOL.

iamkris
April 1, 2008, 06:20 PM
And now, a short range report

I took it out last Sunday after church...I had a horrendous Spring Break trip with the family and needed to blow some things up.

THE GOOD NEWS...see the attached picture of the target. The lower left are the 3 sighter rounds as I walked the scope up (1st is lower left, 2nd is up and over 1", 3rd is up 4" and over 3") The center hits are 3 rounds after finding the target center ...looks like about 0.5-0.6"...granted only at 100 yards but pretty darn good for mil-spec Igman M33 ball ammo. Also, recoil really isn't nasty...it is about like shooting 3" slugs from pump shotgun. It certainly gets your attention but it isn't painful. More of a big shove rather than a sharp THWACK.

THE BAD NEWS...I had a lot of failures to fire with the mil-spec ammo. Unfortunately some home gunsmithing was performed and through no fault of BOHICA, we buggered up the bolt head. That incident will not be publically discussed in order to protect the (not really) innocent.

I sent an email to Chris Rosequist, the owner of BOHICA Arms, on Sunday night and to my surprise, he called me. We discussed the issue and he said send it back and I'll get it fixed right up.

Superior customer service.

Can't wait to see how she runs when I get it back. It certainly seems plenty accurate.

http://i27.tinypic.com/15chkqr.jpg

Afy
April 1, 2008, 06:30 PM
I am going to be the ass here on purpose:

1. Only five or more round groupings count.
2. With the .50 BMG at 100 yards/meters anything over a single round hole is inaccurate.
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I am insanely jealous.... congratulations. I wish I could get 8x60S at USD 3 a cartridge..

iamkris
April 1, 2008, 06:38 PM
1. Only five or more round groupings count.
2. With the .50 BMG at 100 yards/meters anything over a single round hole is inaccurate.


1) With the FTF issues I was having, that would have been a minor miracle to get 5-shot groups.

2) This was a sight-in session...and the range I was at is the only one within 100 miles that allows 50 BMG and they only allow it to be shot at 100 yards.

3) Jealousy noted :)

Afy
April 1, 2008, 06:39 PM
I am just plain jealous... what can I say. Hopefully the green from envy will camofauge me... :)

iamkris
April 1, 2008, 06:43 PM
oh, oh, oh...and it was military ball ammo too. There I think I've exhausted all my excuses.

Monkeybear
April 2, 2008, 01:29 AM
I am jealous and I will continue to be jealous until late July.

lonegunman
April 2, 2008, 01:58 AM
Not to start trouble, but did the Vulcan/Hesse connection question ever get answered?

It looks like a nifty product, but buying anything from anyone associated with them would give me a little concern.

Monkeybear
April 2, 2008, 10:32 AM
Yes it got answered. The Hesse question was from left field. There is no reason to think that BOHICA was in any way associated with them except that it was mentioned by some troll.

lonegunman
April 2, 2008, 01:58 PM
Thanks

madmike
December 24, 2009, 08:51 PM
What's the gizmo in the trigger guard, Kris? Besides the trigger, that is.

It's a bump fire device;)

rust collector
December 25, 2009, 09:14 AM
A Wolff extra power hammer spring will make sure military primers are ignited but also leaves me with a 9 lb pull weight...I added an EZPull device which cuts the pull to about 4 or 5 lbs.


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