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    Nice Sniper762!


    Ps are you based in Australia? I thought all our snipers had changed from the 7.62 some time ago?

    This thread starts off a bit discombobulated as the first 9 posts here were moved from another thread to keep it on topic.
    Last edited by Javaphile; 2 July 2019, 10:13 PM. Reason: Moved posts

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    Originally posted by 338 View Post
    Nice Sniper762!


    Ps are you based in Australia? I thought all our snipers had changed from the 7.62 some time ago?
    I had wondered whether 338 was a ref. to 338 Lap Mag.

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    • #3
      Hi 338.
      Yes I’m based in Australia.
      I assume you refer to 300 win Mag or .338 Lap etc.
      Sure, I love the heavier Mag Cal too...but I’m a bit nostalgic and am still a fan of the old 7.62 x 51mm
      I also don’t mind the 6.5Creed
      So, I’m not a full convert and probably never will be. Just additions to my collection.
      I assume you like the .338 Lap Mag?

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      • #4
        One more thing to add.
        While a sniper is technically allowed to choose their own weapon, a standard issue will be a NATO round. Generally an SR98 for Aus. Which is of course 7.62 x 51mm.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by SNIPER762 View Post
          Hi 338.
          Yes I’m based in Australia.
          I assume you refer to 300 win Mag or .338 Lap etc.
          Sure, I love the heavier Mag Cal too...but I’m a bit nostalgic and am still a fan of the old 7.62 x 51mm
          I also don’t mind the 6.5Creed
          So, I’m not a full convert and probably never will be. Just additions to my collection.
          I assume you like the .338 Lap Mag?
          Hi Sniper, The 338 nick came out of respect for what the SF guys were doing with it after they got, n the world record with it and other things. Though I actually do have a .338LM and .338 Norma Mag, but like you have a soft spot for the 7.62 x 51. Hard not to like all the new 6.5s either. The reason I asked about 7.62 is I know a few snipers and all required by international agreements to use a heavier calibre for dignatory protection, so wondered about the 7.62.

          Looking forward to seeing more of the process of the conversion.

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          • #6
            Back when I was still able to shoot, my favourite around this calibre was a special custom, built up for a Weatherby 340 Magnum. Always liked the Weatherby cartridges and then the shorter Remington/Winchester alternatives which came along afterwards - Talking about the 60s to 80s here...

            Mal.

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            • #7
              Mal, Roy Weatherby was ahead of his time! Would have provided a bit of a kick I imagine as well. His designs are still made to this day by Howa in Japan.

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              • #8
                Hi 338,
                Yes, you are totally correct. However, these heavier weapons do not necessarily have to be primary.
                One very dependable, ultra long range firearm that is widely used. The M200 uses a proprietary round and is also capable of being field multi cal. (with a barrel swap of course). It is chambered in .375 ChTac or .408 ChTac. (Individually machined bronze projectile).
                The only draw back, is the length & mass. Especially if suppressed, as you’re looking at dual point suppression. This is going to add another few Kg. Add optics etc. and that’s over 20kg.
                So all in all, is the correct choice for any given circumstance, on any given day & location.
                Anyway, I could go on and on about firearms, but I think I’m on the wrong forum for that.
                I’ll get back to the Silvia build.
                I’ll make a dedicated thread I think. I’ll let you guys know when it’s complete and posted.

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                • #9
                  I thought 338 was a 308 Holden stroked to 336 and then bored +020.
                  Still the wrong forum...
                  Hadn't worked out 762 yet...

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