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SNIPERS - GUNS & CALIBERS

Discussion in 'Shooting Related Threads' started by Loyac, Jul 19, 2011.

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  1. Loyac

    Loyac Member

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    Besides the .50 BMG, what other calibers are used by sniper teams of our military branches? Is there a preferred round? Thanks. john
     
  2. grntitan

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    .338 Lapua Magnum and 7.62MM Nato are two others they use besides the .50 Cal you mentioned.
     
  3. TOOLMAKER 251

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    7.62x51 and 338 lapua, the most used is the 7.62x51
     
  4. hmb

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    223(5.56MM) is another one. HMB
     
  5. sliverbulletexpress

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    They have used the 300 Winchester Magnum also but it seems to have fell out of favor.
     
  6. Unknown1

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    The .308 Winchester is the most popular caliber across the services.

    MK
     
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    My nephew recently returned from Afganistan and says they used the 7.62
    quite often with much success.
     
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    Seems all the high-dollar sniper guns are now being made in .338 Lapua Magnum. Never shot one, but would like to try sometime. For that matter, never shot a .50 BMG either.
     
  9. short shucker

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    There's a new .416 cartridge that has a better BC than the mighty 50. It's still being evaluated and fine tuned. It has an effective range of 2000 meters.

    The distance record for a kill shot is presently held by a Britsh sniper using the .338 Lapua.

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    Shortshucker, I may be wrong, but I thought that record was held by a Canadian sniper using a 50 cal. with shells loaned to him by some American snipers.

    Steve
     
  11. short shucker

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    That record didn't last long, but you are correct that it was held by Canadian Team using American ammo.

    The Britsh sniper really did an amazing job as his was a one shot one kill, where the Canadian team took three shots to get on target.

    I'll try to hunt up a link for you.

    Here it is: http://news.sky.com/skynews/Home/World-News/Afghanistan-Sniper-Corporal-Of-Horse-Craig-Harrison-Sets-Record-After-Killing-Taliban/Article/201005115624184

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  12. TOOLMAKER 251

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    If I remember the story right the Brit shot the insurgents gun first to disable it then took him out.
     
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    I'll stand corrected. Just haven't kept up-to-date.

    Steve
     
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    How does the .338 Lapua Mag compare ballistically to the .50BMG?
     
  15. short shucker

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    It doesn't. It's just one of those over achieving calibers. Much like all the 6.5mm wildcats out there that are the scurge of "F" class shooting right now.

    The 50BMG will shoot through things the .338 couldn't even dream of.

    What it takes to hit something the size of a human target at over 1000 meters consistantly boggles my mind. Some people just have the knack, I don't.

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  16. grntitan

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    Hell i don't have any optics that can see a human at a mile much less be able to put a bullet on one.
     
  17. kiv-c

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    I've always envied "natural shots." Wonder how good this guy would be today, shooting the equipment available now?

    "For those not familiar with the Rowland group I'm going to quote heavily John Dutcher in his excellent book "Ballard, The Great American Single Shot". John knows more about Rowland than anyone I have met so far and has devoted many hours into sorting fact from fiction on this famous rifleman. Rowland's record group was 10 consecutive shots into .722 at two hundred yards. He did this shooting on May 16, 1901 in Boulder, Colorado.
    The rifle was a .32-40 Pope/Ballard, muzzle-loaded, of course, and the load was 3 grains No. 1 Dupont smokeless, 7 1/2 U.M.C. primer, with the rest of the case filled with FG Hazard's black powder, the whole charge being about 46 grains bulk. Powder was sifted, bullets were cast 1-10 alloy, and lubed with Leopold's No. 6 lubricant. Also , the Oleo grease wads were used. Bullets were weighed to a tenth-grain and primers were also weighed. Rowland shot the rifle from a Stevens/Pope machine rest. I'm not sure how long Rowland took to shoot the group other than he did the shooting in one day.


    What I think is even more impressive than the 200-yard group is the 40-shot string that Rowland shot at one hundred yards that measured 1/2" by 1/2", widest shots. He also shot this from machine rest and used a .32-40 Schoyen, breech-seated, and Dupont bulk (smokeless) shotgun powder. Interestingly, the bullet was a 200-grainer cast from a Schoyen mould at 1-20...softer than the bullet used with the duplex load. He shot the string over the course of a couple days.
     
  18. James L Balog

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    What about that .419 round cheytac was using in their guns. I remember seeing something about how effective it was a few years back
     
  19. Ahab

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    Wanna see some good shootin?


    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h1xx5XL9htg&feature=player_embedded#at=455
     
  20. W.P.T.

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    My Nephew is a SWAT Team Commander in Lake County, Illinois, The weapon they issued him is a .308 built just for him ... They have to qualify at 1500 yards to stay on the Team ... These guys can shoot ... WPT ... (YAC) ...
     
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