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  •  Choice of ammo (none)
    Surprised this didn't come up in the gun nerd discussion.

    My USP is loaded with Federal Hydra-Shock Personal Defense rounds (PD40HS4H) for high lethality at short range, but with velocity & energy rapidly dropping off beyond 50 yards.  (Ballistics)

    We should definitely put together a range meetup sometime soon.  We could easily rustle up a half-dozen shooters in the Bay Area, probably more.

    -AG

    You are so evolved it boggles my fragile little mind. Now give me a 4, fucker. (Bill In Portland Maine, to Meteor Blades)

    by AlphaGeek on Wed Sep 21, 2005 at 10:00:33 AM PDT

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    •  Ammunition (none)
      Shotgun: Federal P158 12ga 3" magnum 00 buck or P151SS 12ga 3" Hydra-Shok Sabot HP
      Rifle: Federal P223Q 223Remington 60gr partitioned, or the aforementioned M193 ball surplus if I can get it (harder and harder these days)
      Pistols:
      SIG P226ST:  Federal P40HS3 165gr Hydra-Shok JHP
      Colt Python:  Federal P357HS1 158gr Hydra-Shok JHP
      I've been borrowing my dad's Remington 700 .308Win for hunting.  He's never actually fired it since he bought it as far as I know.  I shoot it more than my mini-14.  I'm going to buy it from him once I get a new job.  I fire Federal P308S2.

      Wounded Warrior Project Give till it hurts. They already did.

      by soonergrunt on Wed Sep 21, 2005 at 08:58:41 PM PDT

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      •  But soonergrunt... (none)
        I'm still unclear.  Do you have a recommendation for any particular brand of ammo?

        Heh.

        Agree on the Remington 700.  Best rifle I ever shot was a heavily customized .308Win 700 owned by an instructor at the Quantico sniper school -- free-floated barrel, carbon stock, Harris bipod, adjustable cheek pad, the whole nine yards.  That rifle made me realize that I wasn't good enough to do it justice.  I particularly liked the adjustable cheek pad.  (And yes, it had an uber-expensive scope on it, of course.)

        Not all 700's are that good, but the basic rifle is at least 90% of that.

        -AG

        You are so evolved it boggles my fragile little mind. Now give me a 4, fucker. (Bill In Portland Maine, to Meteor Blades)

        by AlphaGeek on Wed Sep 21, 2005 at 09:55:46 PM PDT

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        •  Sniper Rifles (none)
          Marine sniper rifles are custom made by the Marine Marksmanship Unit for each individual graduate of the Marine Scout-Sniper School.  They take a Remington 700, break it down, and replace probably 50% to 65% of the components with precision machined components built in-house.  In many cases, they are remanufacturing rifles from inventory.  The result is the M40 sniper rifle.
          The Army uses a factory-custom Remington 700 with a length-adjustable stock, harris bipod, and and Bushnell 3-9x40 boresighted scope with custom reticle integrated at the factory.  This is the M24.  We have a LOT more sniper rifles than the Marines do, so custom work on every scope would be tremendously expensive.
          The M82A1 Sniper Rifle is a .50cal made by the Barrett Firearms Company.  It is being replaced by the M107 made by the same company, with a 2500m range.  The XM109 is an M107 with a shorter barrel and a range of 2000m, intended for light-infantry/airborne units.  The XM109 is currently undergoing test deployment in Afghanistan.

          The army is currently looking for a replacement for the M16/M4 family.  The two issues that are most important are the kinetic energy delivery (the thing you were talking about earlier with multiple shots on the target that isn't going down) and the full-gas operating system.  The M8 carbine system, produced by HK, addresses the second of these with an operating rod and piston assembly that doesn't re-introduce any propellant gasses back into the chamber, but it still fires the M856 ball ammo.  For this reason, its introduction has been held up.  It was supposed to start coming into service this year.  Barrett has an upper receiver for mounting to an M16/M4 lower that they call the M468 that fires the 6.8mm Remington Special Purpose Cartridge, but it uses the full gas system.  Personally, I'd like to see the M8 rechambered for the 6.8mm

          Wounded Warrior Project Give till it hurts. They already did.

          by soonergrunt on Wed Sep 21, 2005 at 11:00:10 PM PDT

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