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Help the Marine Corps decide on a new caliber for their sniper rifles

 
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Old 09-23-2010, 03:24 PM
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Re: Help the Marine Corps decide on a new caliber for their sniper rifles

FWIW you cannot go wrong with Tooley and the 338.

He has been building 338 wildcats since it came out and probably has build more than anyone else and there is a reason AI went to him for technical assistance on their sniper build with the 338.

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Old 02-18-2014, 02:04 AM
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Re: Help the Marine Corps decide on a new caliber for their sniper rifles

I know this is a REALLY OLD THREAD
but has anyone seen the Miller precision arms 300 winmag AR? According to the add copy its no heavier than a standard M110 but with twice the range.
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Re: Help the Marine Corps decide on a new caliber for their sniper rifles

408 cheytac!!
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Old 02-18-2014, 06:58 PM
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Re: Help the Marine Corps decide on a new caliber for their sniper rifles

As a participating member of NATO / STANAG it would is beneficial for all participants to be on the same page. Ultimately this is what politically gets the approval on government departmental procurement items.

With that in mind a 338 Lapua or 338 Norma would be my pick.
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Re: Help the Marine Corps decide on a new caliber for their sniper rifles

338 remington ultra mag gets my nod. Brass avalibility, good veloisity, ammo avalibility, just a good long range round! Just my 2cts.

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Re: Help the Marine Corps decide on a new caliber for their sniper rifles

338 Norma.

There is a new machine gun in 338 Norma that has been adopted by U.S forces.
So a sniper rifle in 338 Norma would only make sense.
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Old 02-19-2014, 10:53 AM
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Re: Help the Marine Corps decide on a new caliber for their sniper rifles

I think the big thing being overlooke here is the barrel life. Most marine snipers in training and even school trained snipers are not avid long range shooters. They think of it as a job and they don't look into it much beyond that. THAT being said a lot of range time is needed to make them proficient at longrange shooting. There is a lot of other skills needed to be practiced an range availability forces you to shoot all you can when you can. Usually there are 8 bolt guns in a sta platoon for 24 guys to get familiar with. So think about how many rounds would be put down those barrels at a given time. Also cleaning is one f those things that gets down at the end of the day or end of mission. Also long strings of fire. So take a cartridge that will last 1500 rounds usually and shoot like the marine corps shoots their bolt guns and you should have well under 1000 rounds of barrel life. Which is less than a years time. I completely agree something needs to be done about caliber. It is a real pain to hit what you want in a good wind at 1000 yards with a 308 compared to something else. but I don't think sone of these ultra mags or over bore cartridges would be logistically feesible. Even some of these countries that use the lapua also shoot 308 such as the Brits. Maybe keep the 308 mostly for training purposes but also incorporate a better longer range cartridge. Just putting in my .02 based off my experiences. Take it or leave it.

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