can you just take the BOSS off? I thought once it was installed you can cant take it off. When you say groups reduced by 50% , what size groups and at what distance? I will agree that the wood is gorgeous, thats why I would want it, heirloom wuality, but you bring up a good point with the synthetic/stainless combo. It will give me something to think about.
Also, when you hunt with the boss in place do you use earmuffs, or do you just pound the crap out of your ears?