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Despite its prohibitive anti-gun climate and socialist leanings, there is still a great deal of engineering genius coming out of the European continent. It’s one of the great ironies of our day that many of the firearms most sought after by American shooters come from countries where private gun ownership is restrictive at best.

paul2.gifOne of the hottest cartridges to come from the “old country” is the 6.5×47 Lapua. Long known for their innovation and accuracy, the Finnish company has released a round that has grabbed the attention of precision shooters across the pond and has just recently started to catch on here.

My first introduction to the cartridge was during a telephone conversation with my friend David Rooney of Tactical Rifles. David mentioned that during a military sniper competition held last year in Europe, the 6.5×47 Lapua was the number-one performer, edging out the venerable .308 (7.62×51 NATO). Rooney informed me that Tactical Rifles was putting together a custom built bolt gun in that chambering and offered to let me have the first look. How could I say no?

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