Bergara BA13 Take-Down
The Bergara Brand
Manufactured in Bergara, Spain, a region known to produce some of the finest guns in the world, Bergara has combined the most technically advanced barrel manufacturing equipment with an unwavering commitment to quality and value. This superior technology combined with decades of barrel making experience delivers a production barrel that performs like it was custom made.
With the most technically advanced barrel manufacturing techniques, state-of-the-art machinery and an unwavering commitment to quality, Bergara Barrels has become the barrel source of numerous top-tier gun manufacturers in both Europe and the United States. Now, with Bergara Rifles, they are building a full line of precision rifles, engineered and built to enhance the performance capabilities of our world-class barrels. (https://www.bergara.online/en/about-us/#story)
The BA13 Take-Down is built on simplicity
Specifications and models
The Test Rifle
I chose the incredibly versatile 308win with the threaded 16.5” barrel and black thumbhole stock. The rifle was fitted with the Bergara ST1 brake and shot at varying distances to 200m using 180gr Barnes TTSX, Nosler 200gr Accubond reloads, and Sako Hammerhead 200gr factory ammunition.
Standard European hunting to include Spot & Stalk, Ansitz (stand hunting), and range conditions firing from a bench over the period of three months.
Although this version of the BA13 was designed to hunt suppressed, it did very well with standard hunting loads. Since the rifle was equipped with a 1:8 twist barrel I started with 200gr factory loads from Sako and achieved an average of 1-1 ½ at 100m with the then equipped optic 1-5x24 Leupold VX5HD. I’m pretty sure the rifle would have done better had I put a slightly higher magnification scope on it. The second trip to the range brought better results when I hand loaded Barnes TTSX 180gr and 200gr Nosler Accubond bullets. It should also be noted that I changed out the optic for the 3-15x56 VX5HD for the second range trip. This time the loads averaged .75-1.0” for both the Barnes and the Nosler bullets.
Pros & Cons
Pros: Compact and Accurate
Reliable 100% Ambidextrous action
Quick assembly and dissasembly
Superior customer service and warranty
Cons: Rough fit & finish (could also offer cerakote color options)
Limited caliber availability
No adjustable trigger
More cartridge selection
Quick and Handy
(Being a short and very easy to use system the BA13 Take-Down is quite versatile)
The Bottom Line
The Bergara BA13 TD is an accurate and compact option for anyone looking for a break action single shot. This gun fits in almost any backpack broken down and won’t lose its zero when reassembled. After the weapon finish is handled, by the application of Duracoat or Cerakote, there is minimal maintenance involved in its care. The BA13TD should be at the top of the list for new hunters, or anyone looking for a great little pack gun that packs a lot of punch. I look forward to my next outing with the little BA13TD as well as expanding on the BA13 line in my weapons safe.