F.y.i. us army orders $50 million barrett mrads in 300 prc

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  1. Litehiker

    Litehiker Well-Known Member

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    -> IMHO the Barrett MRAD is about the best bolt gun to meet the "change-barrel, change-cartridge" specs of the US SOCOM and US Army for their Precision Rifle solicitation. My friend has an MRAD in .338 LM and it is very easy to disassemble, clean, etc.
    *The trigger is dead easy to remove and clean. Often the trigger is the first part to have problems. As far as I know the British Accuracy International rifles are the only other sniper rifles to have an easy to remove trigger assembly without removing the barreled action from the chassis.

    -> I'm very surprised the Army went for a cartridge as new as the Hornady 300 PRC for the MRAD.
    You'd a-thunk they would have wanted more testing on that relatively new cartridge. Evidently Hornady did a great sales job.

    The previous US .30 caliber rifle/cartridge sniper rifle was the XM2010 Remington actioned W/Cadex chassis in .300 Winchester Magnum.

    So now there are going to be two .30 caliber sniper rifles and two .30 caliber cartridges in the inventory. Perhaps the best way to handle this possible logistics nightmare is to put the XM2010 rifles in the East Asian/Pacific theaters and the new MRAD/300 PRC rifles in the European/Middle East theaters. Jus'sayin'...

    Eric B.
     
  2. Bravo 4

    Bravo 4 Well-Known Member

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    My personal opinion is they are both a mistake...
     
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  3. the hunter

    the hunter Well-Known Member

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    How did you come to that conclusion?
     
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  4. jmcmath

    jmcmath Well-Known Member

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    What exactly is testing going to reveal about the 300 PRC cough 30-375 Ruger?

    I’m serious not being snarky. Other than can the ammo quantities be supported what is there to discover?
     
  5. SidecarFlip

    SidecarFlip Well-Known Member

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    Owned a Barrett 50 and sold it. Too frigging heavy.
     
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  6. Bravo 4

    Bravo 4 Well-Known Member

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    Years of actual experience...

    If you want my personal opinion with the company of choice for the rifle platform then shoot me a PM.
    As for the cartridge, why replace a known cartridge that you’ve had in your arsenal for years with one that is ballistically the same (and new, and supported by one company)? How is ammo availability gonna work out? Have any of you ever went on a hunting trip and worried about your ammo being lost or needing more? Want to go to combat with that same feeling?
    I’m not totally against change, but only if it’s better. Increasing the maximum effective range to at least match what a lot of the modern world is using would be a good start. That would probably require us to adopt a .338 Lapua.
     
  7. Bravo 4

    Bravo 4 Well-Known Member

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    This is not a .50 platform (M107/M82, M99, M95) and nowhere near in design. I have carried the 107 up some steep terrain and over some somewhat long distances, I agree they are heavy.
     
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    Salmonchaser Well-Known Member

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    Always interested in hearing from subject matter experts. I'd be happy to shoot you a pm but given most of us have some skin in the game; sons, daughters, hell grandsons who serve: not to mention our tax dollars, what are the issues other then a supply side nightmare, that alone scares me.
     
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  9. ar10ar15man

    ar10ar15man Well-Known Member

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    every eval i have seen says 338 lm is Great, and in the same breath they say WE CANNOT AFFORD TO OUTFIT ALL WITH THAT GUN.
    which is how we ended up with hot rodded 300 wm aka mk248mod1. we could afford it.

     
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  10. bigngreen

    bigngreen Well-Known Member

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    That'll jump the 300 PRC to the top of a couple quality brass manufactures list!!
     
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  11. MudRunner2005

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    Exactly, I personally think that if they were going to make a shift that made sense for a more positive outcome, they should drop down to something that's going to be faster and buck the wind better for producing better first-round hit percentages, like a .28 Nosler with a 180-195gr hybrid style bullet with a higher BC than the 190 and 220 .30 caliber bullets that are moving slower in the .300WM.
     
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  12. Mike 338

    Mike 338 Well-Known Member

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    I'm a 338 Norma honk.
     
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  13. MudRunner2005

    MudRunner2005 Well-Known Member

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    If someone else doesn't this could be a nightmare waiting to happen for Hornady... If they can't keep up demand for the private sector sales, as well as fulfill MIC contracts, that will for sure kill it off in one sector, eventually leading to its death in the other as well. And Hornady will probably never get another gov't contract again.
     
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  14. Chuckrub

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    Here is your 338 norma
     
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