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Old 06-02-2009, 12:09 AM
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Top 10 Sniper Rifles

The Military Channel is endlessly running a new program of their top ten sniper rifles. There's some goooood toys on there. From the old M40( still the best looking of the bunch) to the newest .416 Barrett( defines both awesome and accurate) and CheyTacs. Pretty cool show. Very technical too.
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Old 06-03-2009, 01:54 PM
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Re: Top 10 Sniper Rifles

I ssen this episode and thaught it was very interesting. Also I was glad to see that the company building my first long range rig was included.
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Old 06-03-2009, 02:05 PM
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Re: Top 10 Sniper Rifles

Would that company be Tactical Rifles?
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I saw that show too. I was very sad to see that the Chytac was the "best one". What a crock! the only reason it was picked was that it holds a long range record and it looks cool! There is sooo much more to a sniper rifle than the longest shot. IMHO one of the Lapua mags or a 308 should have been picked due to the practicality factor. Besides, from what I hear, the 416 is a much better rifle than the Cheytac.

How long does a barrel last on something like the Cheytac? Is it enough to train a solder on, or to keep proficient??? That is one of the best things about the good old 308. won't overheat the way those big guns do.
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Re: Top 10 Sniper Rifles

Same show also had the army looking at the 6.5x47 Lapua to replace the OLD 7.62 NATO round for sniper rifles.
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Re: Top 10 Sniper Rifles

greywolf, yes it would be a Tactical Rifles rifle in the 300wsm. Do you have any first hand knowledge of there work.
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Re: Top 10 Sniper Rifles

As someone who packed an M-40a1 for over 5 years I can tell you it was because of Marine Corps Sniper School that the M40 was much of a rifle at all. The .308 caliber is really a terrible long range round; anyone who shoots any distance with a true long range round knows that. 2600 fps with a bullet that has a BC below.5 is not much of a long distance combination. It was only due to the fact our students spent 4-5 hours a day on the range for a month that they were able to do much with the 308 past 600 yards.

As far as the rifle its self, the M40 is a nice little rifle, too heavy for what it is, but a quality piece none the less.

My last three years in the Marine Corps I taught at sniper school. I tried then to get the Marine Corps to look at something other than a 308, I was partial to the big 7mm's, but even a 300 Win Mag.....anything but the 308. My thoughts fell on deaf ears, the Marine Corps was in love with the 308, primarily due to Gunny Hathcock.

It is nice to see the 338's being used now. I still like the idea of a 7mm (standard mag, stw, etc) with a 180 gr bullet around .7 bc. I know there are more hot rod rounds available but when you consider how far you will actually be shooting vs. barrel life etc, I like the 7mm.
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