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Old 11 February 2007, 15:54   #11
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For example the most accurate sniping rifles are still bolt action designs - ie Lee Enfield.
Used to be. The Americans have this massive .50 Cal Auto sniper Rifle. Would kill you behind a brick wall at over a mile.

The bolt action designs were used because it kept the rifle stable during the firing process. No gas working parts moving around to upset the shot. Part of taking a shot involves the follow through and the movement of the whole weapon system, this is negated with the bolt action system. I never like it myself as you then had to spoil your point of aim when you re-cocked it anyway. Seemed pointless to me. But their again I'm not a sniper.
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Agree on the ak47- even though the design dates back to the bosch in 1942-the design in fact did not need great tolerances. I would rather have a ak47 (or 74) than an m16/sa80/HK ect ect ) as I would rather kill first than be killed by a gun that would not work 100%!!!!!.

The UK government could save themselves a fortune by buying kalisnikovs, RPG 7's. mig 29's ect.

The AK 47 is a very inaccurate weapon. The fact it keeps going is the only thing in its favour.



I'm not too sure how you insert You tube films in RIBNET but click on the link and you'll see.

The M16 and my particular favourite the AR15 seem to be over their teething troubles. Only took 40 years.
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Used to be. The Americans have this massive .50 Cal Auto sniper Rifle. Would kill you behind a brick wall at over a mile.

The bolt action designs were used because it kept the rifle stable during the firing process. No gas working parts moving around to upset the shot. Part of taking a shot involves the follow through and the movement of the whole weapon system, this is negated with the bolt action system. I never like it myself as you then had to spoil your point of aim when you re-cocked it anyway. Seemed pointless to me. But their again I'm not a sniper.
Hi Biggles, The original sniper rifle in recent history was the Lee Enfield .303. This was much the same "engine "as used in the Bren which was a very useful animal using the same ammo.

The americans and a few others decided thet the Lee enfield was the best gun and they rebored it out to take the heavier calibre German Mauser which I do not recall but was closer to the half inch and higer velocity. Of course, the rifling within the barrell was most important for accuraeyover long distances.
We used to fire the .303 in reserves up to 500 yards and they were most accurate.

The FN and L1A1 (Fabrique National was Manu with rapid fire whilst the L1A1 was the single shot model, they had no barrelling so never made it to the Snipers list).

All this reminds me of teh Film "Enemy at the Gate" nGood film but Horrible and depressing dont you think
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Hi Biggles, The original sniper rifle in recent history was the Lee Enfield .303. This was much the same "engine "as used in the Bren which was a very useful animal using the same ammo.

The americans and a few others decided thet the Lee enfield was the best gun and they rebored it out to take the heavier calibre German Mauser which I do not recall but was closer to the half inch and higer velocity. Of course, the rifling within the barrell was most important for accuraeyover long distances.
We used to fire the .303 in reserves up to 500 yards and they were most accurate.

The FN and L1A1 (Fabrique National was Manu with rapid fire whilst the L1A1 was the single shot model, they had no barrelling so never made it to the Snipers list).

All this reminds me of teh Film "Enemy at the Gate" nGood film but Horrible and depressing dont you think
Enemy at the Gates is an excellent film.
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Used to be. The Americans have this massive .50 Cal Auto sniper Rifle. Would kill you behind a brick wall at over a mile.

The bolt action designs were used because it kept the rifle stable during the firing process. No gas working parts moving around to upset the shot. Part of taking a shot involves the follow through and the movement of the whole weapon system, this is negated with the bolt action system. I never like it myself as you then had to spoil your point of aim when you re-cocked it anyway. Seemed pointless to me. But their again I'm not a sniper.
Just becuase it's big with a long range does NOT make the Barrett the most accurate rifle around!!!

The best sniping rifles are prob the Accuracy International range made in Portsmouth - the company was set up by a British gold medal winning Olympic athlete Malcolm Cooper who sadly died recently. The guns are in use worldwide - even the Germans dropping the H+K gas weapons in favour of the bolt action.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Accuracy_International

Something I did NOT know though was that AI have now started making a 50cal sniping rifle for the Yanks!!!

Remember ammo has a hell of a lot to do with the accuracy of a gun - the 50cal sniping rifles are designed to take out light armour etc and use standard .5" machine gun rounds - not exactly the best.

There is nothing new about big sniping rifles either - the Boys .55" for example.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rifle,_...,_.55_in,_Boys
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Just becuase it's big with a long range does NOT make the Barrett the most accurate rifle around!!!

The best sniping rifles are prob the Accuracy International range made in Portsmouth - the company was set up by a British gold medal winning Olympic athlete Malcolm Cooper who sadly died recently. The guns are in use worldwide - even the Germans dropping the H+K gas weapons in favour of the bolt action.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Accuracy_International

Something I did NOT know though was that AI have now started making a 50cal sniping rifle for the Yanks!!!

Remember ammo has a hell of a lot to do with the accuracy of a gun - the 50cal sniping rifles are designed to take out light armour etc and use standard .5" machine gun rounds - not exactly the best.

There is nothing new about big sniping rifles either - the Boys .55" for example.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rifle,_...,_.55_in,_Boys
Codders I think we are di-gressing from this thread and all my remarks are done from my own real world knowledge not google or whatever. But the Boyes was an anti tank rifle. It probably didn't kill many tanks.
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Just becuase it's big with a long range does NOT make the Barrett the most accurate rifle around!!!
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It doesn't need to be particularly accurate, its so damn big and destructive. Have you seen the videos of it used against the Taliban. Scary.
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Codders I think we are di-gressing from this thread and all my remarks are done from my own real world knowledge not google or whatever. But the Boyes was an anti tank rifle. It probably didn't kill many tanks.
As are mine - I admit that I have never shot a 50cal Barret but I have shot a very wide variety of guns and was long range full bore target shooting at 12yrs old - everything from Lee Enfields to H+K G3s.
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It is spelt " Boyes" and it never was a sniping rifle but a very poor anti tank weapon. Most of these are still in the N. African desert. The world record for 50 cal. accuracy is 5 rounds in a group just under 3 inches at 1000yards. ( That is approx. 0.3 minutes of angle ( MOA) )Achieved by a custom Macmillan Bolt action rifle made here in Phoenix. Also, used by the US Navy seals. Ammo used by US miltary 50 cal sniping is the Raufus round . Look it up, it is a incendary/ armour piercing/ exploding tracer. Very nasty. I have fired a few of them. Have also fired approx. 2000 round of 50 cal. in target matches using hand loaded ammo. You are correct the standard machine gun round is not very accurate. The UK marine snipers use the Accuracy international, 338 Lapua bolt action. Very effective as an anti personell round but does not match the 50 cal on vehicles. And by the way: both the US bolt action Springfield ( 1903) and the Lee Enfield were copies of the German Mauser.
Time to do some more reseach my friend.
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At the end of the day all guns kill.

Its not only the gun that is in the equation. The operator has got a lot too do with it as well.

Training has a lot to do with it.

I didn't want to talk about ammunition types but Limey Linda has nailed it on the head. Ammo also counts as well.

Did you know the British Army once bought Indian ammo in the 1980's. It sucked in the extreme.
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