Anyone that tries to shoot small groups at 100 yards with a 338 Lapua has about as much sense as someone that takes a 50 BMG out prairie dog hunting.
The 338's bullet hasn't really stabilized at 100 yards.It was designed to be shot at great distances,not at short range.
The Savage BA's are some wild looking weapons,and I've shot all of them-308,300WM,and the 338 Lapua.I personally don't care for the stock/chassis system on them.They are very awkward feeling,and heavy as hell.
The Long Range Hunter version is a lot better rifle,IMO
To say any brand is better than another is just a personal opinion.In today's market,just about every brand shoots good out of the box,and there is a big aftermarket of parts/accessories for all the major brands.