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According to author David Bahde, “Rifle competitions continue to grow in popularity each year. One of the fastest-growing segments of the industry, 3-Gun, is exploding. This popularity has sparked increased interest in precision rifle side matches, as well as sniper and precision rifle competitions. Populated primarily with bolt-action rifles, these matches require true precision accuracy, with the .308 Winchester as the primary caliber.” And now Colt has entered the fray with its M2012, a bolt-action .308 based on the Cooper Firearms short action, and David Bahde was lucky enough to test it in the November 2013 issue of Rifle Firepower magazine.

Mated to this action is a 22-inch, match-grade, fluted, stainless steel barrel. The M2012 even has a spiral-fluted bolt. A forged aluminum modular chassis holds the action and barrel in place. The match chamber is designed to accept SAMMI-spec .308 and NATO-stamped 7.62x51mm ammunition. Timney’s Single Stage Adjustable trigger is installed using a Remington-style safety. Lastly, the rifle features an adjustable, skeletonized stock.

So how did the M2012 run? Did it produce sub-MOA accuracy as it was intended? To find out more, check out the November 2013 issue of Rifle Firepower, available on newsstands and digitally August 13, 2013. To subscribe, go to http://riflefirepower.com/subscribe.

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