View Full Version : New Sniper Caliber!!

11-04-2010, 12:14 AM
Well it is official. The military is testing the .300 Winchester Magnum to replace the old faithful .308.

If it is approved, the military sniper family will be: .300 Win Mag; .338 Lapua Mag; .50 Browning...
I wonder if they will keep the .308 for under 750yd range???

WOW!! :)

Hate to be the sniper that has to practice qualifying all day with a .300 Win Mag, thats going to be one sore shoulder.

Thoughts and concerns? :confused:

11-04-2010, 05:13 AM
They could do that if they put a muzzle brake on it. I had one, briefly. I'm a pretty big guy, and I could shoot it about five times, and I was done. That rifle beat the stuffing out of me.

11-04-2010, 07:02 AM
They will never fully get rid of the 7.62x51. because they still use it a lot like in the M1A1 and others.

11-04-2010, 09:39 AM
They will never fully get rid of the 7.62x51. because they still use it a lot like in the M1A1 and others.

Didn't they say the same thing when the .308 took over the 30-06? I personally NEVER saw a 30-06 in any arms room after the .308 was adopted as main sniper caliper...

11-04-2010, 01:37 PM
For just the bolt actions from what I understand, which is why they (the Army) went to the long action on the M24 anyway. They wanted the capability to upgrade to a larger cartridge if needed.

The 7.62x51 will still be around for the M110 SASS and the various DMRs.

11-21-2010, 08:49 PM
Why bother when ya can have onea these?


I understand the Marines bought their entire inventory from the Shot Show and civilian orders are 3 months out?

11-22-2010, 12:04 AM
@biathlon - the original post by klayton included the .338 as one of the sniper calibers.

11-22-2010, 09:11 AM
I guess I should wear my glasses here?

11-22-2010, 09:27 AM
only if you can't adjust your resolution on your monitor :) lol. No worries we all miss stuff in these long and drawn out threads, me included.

Navy SAR/Army Grunt
12-11-2010, 12:56 PM
The .308 will continue to be one of the main weapons deployed with the scout / infantry units. The next big thing coming down the tubes for squad level weapons is the AR10 platform in .308