US Army to Adopt .300 Winchester Magnum, Sig Awarded Contract.
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    Default US Army to Adopt .300 Winchester Magnum, Sig Awarded Contract.

    Not sure how new this is to you all, but it seems that, once again, a popular hunting round is being adopted for military service.

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    Far from the first, surely won't be the last.
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    No can read because of my adblocker, so how about a synopsis?
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    In a $10 million deal, Sig will manufacture the MK 248 MOD 1 and MOD 0 .300 Win Mag ammunition, which will be used in the Army's M2010 Enhanced Sniper Rifle.

    "This award by the U.S. Army is validation of our state-of-the-art manufacturing that has resulted in the highest quality, and most precise, ammunition delivering on target accuracy for snipers in the field," Ron Cohen, president and CEO of Sig, said in a news release.

    The new round allows snipers to engage enemy targets out to 1,200 meters compared to the 800-meter range of the older M24 sniper system.
    That covers the important bits, I think. The rest just glosses over a couple of other military contracts awarded to Sig. On a semi-related note, I'm hearing through the grapevine that, between military contracts and civilian sales, Sig is now struggling to keep up with demand and is hiring staff across the board to compensate.

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    The US Army recently selected Sig Sauer, maker of the new Modular Handgun System, to make .300 Win Mag ammunition for the service's bolt-action sniper rifle.

    In a $10 million deal, Sig will manufacture the MK 248 MOD 1 and MOD 0 .300 Win Mag ammunition, which will be used in the Army's M2010 Enhanced Sniper Rifle.

    "This award by the U.S. Army is validation of our state-of-the-art manufacturing that has resulted in the highest quality, and most precise, ammunition delivering on target accuracy for snipers in the field," Ron Cohen, president and CEO of Sig, said in a news release.

    Sig recently made other ammunition news by being selected as one of the final competitors for the Army's Next Generation Squad Weapon (NGSW) effort. The service selected Sig, along with a team from General Dynamics and a team from Textron Systems, to submit specially designed 6.8 mm ammunition and the rifle and automatic rifle prototypes for the NGSW effort.

    Sig Sauer developed its 6.8 mm cartridge using a traditionally shaped case design that features a stainless-steel base joined to the brass case to save weight. Sig was also selected to build the Army's M17 and more compact M18 9 mm MHS pistols in 2017 as a replacement for the M9 pistol made by Beretta.

    The .300 Win Mag ammunition will be manufactured Sig's ammunition facility in Jacksonville, Arkansas, according to the release.

    The Army transitioned from 7.62 mm to the more powerful .300 Win Mag round, fielding the new M2010 ESR to sniper teams in Afghanistan in 2011. The new round allows snipers to engage enemy targets out to 1,200 meters compared to the 800-meter range of the older M24 sniper system.

    That's the important stuff less the adds.
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    Why the 300 mag when they have the 338 and a few others for sniper duty? This makes no sense to me; the objective should be to minimize cartridges, not expand them............Nonetheless, good for SIG.
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    As I understand, they are seeking to replace the 7.62x51 with something that can reliably reach out further. The why is anyone's guess, this is the Army we're talking about.

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    Then go with the venerable 30-06, 7mm mag, one of the 6.5s or just keep using the .338, 375 Chey-Tac etc..
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    I think anything would beat a .223 that is just me though cutting down from a 30-06 to a friggin glorified .22 for the act of war was one of the dumbest moves my Government has done next to dumping the .45 ACP for a 9mm dumb...Of course that was so ya know UnHeterosexual and No wiener gender gain injury from qualifying..(What`s Politically Correct) Point Blank.
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    i had to dig a little as i had no idea what a chey tac was..........ran across this long range cartridge article
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    Interesting link and Comments.

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