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Thanks for posting Rob and look forward to more posts here. Where did you get your XM2010? I would love to get one after I sale the house or something. Sgt. Major Ron, NCOIC at SF sniper range Ft. Bragg, had me as guest at the international sniper match about 5 years ago. I was told none were gonna be available to the public anymore but some had escaped as award rifles and to selected people. I have had one in hand but never shot one. Impressive weapon but the weight seemed pretty hefty. Also tried to buy a Remington Modular rifle, which Sp. Ops. cut a bank draft for the first regular purchase and I saw the draft. First guy said maybe and expect $25K. He offered to let me shoot it the next day. Then the guy with the draft came back and said No, none to the public. Barret said they would have one soon and I could buy one. Apparently there is now one in inventory.I'm lucky enough to have exposure to many sides of shooting. I work with many different people with their different skills levels and experiences. It's great because you are always picking something new or improving your own skills set. At least you try. But long story short, in most cases, from what i have seen, most rifles will simply out shoot person behind it. If you will feed rifle will quality ammo it likes, then it will perform very well.
Shooting this PU sniper has been outstanding experience for me. I'm learning the way how to handle her and how to work with her. She has her buttons and this isn't my XM2010 where i can tweak every chassis detail to my body. You have to take what she gives you...ha!
Punching paper for groups from 100yds or 100m and to be consistently on the top of your performance is an art. I respect that. This isn't skill set which is most important to me, but I do honestly respect that.
For me, most important value comes from shooting at the extended ranges, making good calls for wind, estimating range correctly and etc. Scoring first round hits consistently on targets with PU past 500 yards gives me tons of satisfaction. Some may think it's retarded and i'm wasting my time, but that's ok...I just love to see what i can squeeze out from those old rifles...or maybe what they can squeeze out of me...ha!
But this also brings important factor, I can't just hang rifle on the wall in nice display case...I have to be able to shoot it...trigger puller before collector...;-)
And I'm really happy to see many of you guys here thinking the same way, not just collectors, but actually trigger pullers!
I have long said that modern snipers are marginally more accurate than some of the WW2 snipers but have added a lot of weight. I would feel comfortable with a PU or PEM if I ever was in some sniper type role, although probably too old unless we have and invasion or something unexpected, primarily due to the weight. Also like the SVD/NDM for its weight vs most of the stuff today. I only have an M24R as such semi-recent to compare it to. First outing with green barrel and iffy range conditions, it was shooting about like many of my PUs and not as good as my NDM in 308.