With all of the buzz surrounding the .338 Lapua Magnum, it is easy to forget about the other magnum, the one that has been providing true precision at 1,000 yards and beyond for soldiers, officers and top-notch competitors—the .300 Winchester Magnum. Many agencies choose this caliber for coverage at airports or other operational areas requiring a bit more “oomph” than the .308 Winchester/7.62mm NATO can provide. Improvements in ammunition have only made this caliber more versatile. In fact, one of the first custom-built precision rifles I used for SWAT deployments was chambered for the .300 Win Mag, and it served me well for several years.

Barrett Firearms is well known for its M107A1 in .50 BMG, and its MRAD has also garnered a ton of attention. For those who don’t need the power of the .50 BMG or the versatility of the MRAD, Barrett has the 98B, which is a high-quality, magazine-fed bolt action with state-of-the-art refinements. It was designed from the ground up for repeatable precision, a simple manual of arms and fast follow-up shots. Originally available in only .338 Lapua, now Barrett has designed the 98B Tactical in .300 Winchester Magnum, and I was recently able to run it through its paces at the range.

The rifle comes with a 24-inch barrel, a highly efficient muzzle brake and a 17-inch-long, 20-MOA Picatinny top rail for mounting sights and optics in line with other accessories, such as night-vision and laser-aiming devices. The sleek, octagonal handguard features the KeyMod system for mounting more accessories. The skeletonized buttstock has a finger-adjustable cheek riser and is designed well for prone shooting. A small rail is included on the butt hook for attaching a monopod.

For more information on the Barrett 98B Tactical .300 Win Mag, visit:

Watch my short video to catch a glimpse of the new 98B Tactical’s smooth operation and long-range accuracy!

Keep your eyes peeled for a full review in the upcoming August 2014 issue of SPECIAL WEAPONS FOR MILITARY & POLICE, available on newsstands and digitally June 24, 2014. To subscribe, go to

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