Re: Why do snipers use .308 with so many other options??? What is best
Actually, it's the Hague Convention of 1899 that was the 'problem' w/ using open-tipped bullets. Specifically it addressed the use of bullets "...which expand or flatten easily in the human body, such as bullets with a hard envelope which does not entirely cover the core, or is pierced with incisions."
A few years (actually more like 20+ )back the U.S. JAG reached the decision (not sure where it went from there) that *match* type hollow point bullets were not the same as say, hunting type hollow points. The one is an artifice of manufacture (i.e. the closing of the tip), the other is intended to enhance the expansion of the bullet. As such, it was decided to allow the use of bullets such as the Sierra Match King bullets in conventional ammunition, specifically the stuff designated for sniper duty.
There's been a whole bunch of 77gr SMK's and Noslers getting used over in the sand box for the various M16 based SPR/SDM rifles... all conventional match hollowpoints. Most of your VLD style bullets from Berger, Lapua, etc. are the same sort of match hollowpoint boat tail bullet, and similarly covered by the same decision. I think the Hornady A-Max style bullet might raise some questions, as to whether the rapid expansion effect from the tip being pushed into the body is an artifact of the manufacture for accuracy, or if it is an intensional side-effect. Given that I think there were Nosler 'Ballistic Tips' and Hornady 'V-Max' bullets before there were match bullets w/ the polymer tips... that one might be tough to sell.