Larry Knoll (foreground) 786th Security Forces Squadron (SFS), sites through the scope of his 7.62mm M24 Snipe rifle, while USAF SSGT Ace Jones uses the surveillance sight, during participating in marksmen ship training at the US Army (USA) Sniper Scholl at Sembach Army Annex, Germany.
Without a doubt, the .308 (7.62x51mm NATO) cartridge is the most popular tactical precision rifle cartridge of modern times. And, though it’s probably no surprise to anyone well versed in the nuances of TPR shooting, the Remington M700 series bolt-action rifle is the most popular rifle as well. Both have long histories of good performance and versatility, and have thus garnered accolades from virtually all quarters.
Hunters use them both, as do SWAT sharpshooter and military snipers, and in general, very few legitimate complaints about either have been voiced. Those “in the know” are well aware that a bolt-action rifle, even one as good as the Remington M700, has its limitations—as does the .308 cartridge. As a result of their cognizance of this fact, they use it within those limitations, and achieve success.
Yet, to say that both have limitations is not a criticism; after all, everything has its limitations. The smart operator first carefully determines his needs, then seeks the best way to fulfill them. This is the most effective “secret” for success at anything. Having said all this, both the .308 and Remington M700 have been around a long time, and both have shown their mettle in every conceivable way.
Embracing the continued evolution of German combat engineering!
by John Fasano / Oct 1, 2011