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Old 10-22-2011, 03:25 AM   #1
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Default Best Sniper Rifle.. Caliber?

So what do you think is the best sniper rifle and caliber?
Its gotta been used or adopted by a military and excluding the .50 (Its kinda in a class of their own dont you think?) The rifle and caliber dont necessarily have to match..
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some would argue the .338 Lapua Mag, me personally 7.62X51, its a good round plus my most of my favorite guns fire it.
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best is kinda variable. the most effective sniper rifle ever issued that had the largest impact was the mosin 91/30 PU sniper. the one that changed us military doctrine was the remington 700/winchester model 70 in vietnam in 30-06.

i would say the allround best would be the m40 us military sniper of current issue. its used to great effect for about every situation.

one of the most effective snipers in history was the simo hayha that c3 referred you to. he did it with a version of the mosin 91/30 and open sights in about 100 days.

so saying whats best... it just depends
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The sniper is more important than the sniper rifle. A really good sniper can do better with a 30-06 than a new sniper with a .50 BMG. If I was going into combat and could not have a .50, .338 is big right now but I still like a old fasion 30-06.
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some of it depends on environment. where is the shot going to be taken? and at what distance? some LEA use the 223 for shorter urban environments. the 308 is probably the most used caliber in many different brands and platforms. the 338 Lapua is getting more attention. the 300 win. mag is still used some.
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I would say the .308 or the big 50 cal.
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Depends on the intended use and range. A 308 would be way better for a mobile shooter out to 800 yards than any of the big boys. After that it may be more about the platform and cartidge you and your spotter have the most time with.
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