This is my .50 BMG rifle. After doing a lot of research I went with the Bushmaster BA-50 Rifle. My main reason for choosing it was value and features for the price, when compared to the others. While the Armalite AR-50 and LAR Grizzly are some what cheaper, they are single shot weapons. The Bushmaster is a 10 shot bolt action repeater. The other rifles in it's class like the McMillian TAC-50 cost several thousand dollars more than the Bushmaster, while the single shots don't really cost significantly less.
The Bushmaster BA-50 also comes packaged in a nicely fitted Storm / Pelican style case complete with wheels and die cut, high density foam compartments for the upper and lower, as well as 2, 10 shot magazines. The case alone would cost a couple hundred dollars if purchased separately. The Armalite comes in a cardboard box. Remember, you will have to purchase a separate case for it, and they are not easy to locate in a size that will fit, or come cheap when you do happen to find one.
I purchased my Bushmaster .50 from Davidson's, through my local dealer. The best thing about it is it comes with a Lifetime Free Replacement Warranty
for as long as I own it. That means a lot when you're spending upwards of $5,000.00 on a single firearm purchase. Davidson's is the only distributor in the country that offers this. I called Davidson's because I know they move a lot of these rifles, and the salesman I talked to told me they have yet to get one returned for any reason. That clinched it for me.
The rifle is very comfortable to shoot, and if you shop for ammo, it's not all that expensive either. My .338-378 Weatherby Accumark costs far more from a factory ammunition standpoint. Here are 2 places that stock .50 BMG ammunition at good prices. $2.59 a round is pretty hard to beat.
50 BMG Ammo Supply - 50 cal Ammunition for the rifle and machinegun"
50 BMG 647 Grain API DSA - 10 Rounds, New - Surplus Ammo
While it's hard to justify spending well into 4 digits on a rifle with limited use, I'm glad I made the purchase. It all becomes worth it when I take that first shot. There is something to be said launching a 750 Grain projectile with 240+ grains of powder. It does tend to put a smile on your face!