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sound a little high priced?

http://www.strategypage.com/htmw/htw.../20101007.aspx

October 7, 2010: The U.S. Army has ordered 3,600 upgrade kits for its M24 bolt-action sniper rifles, which will convert them to the M24E1. This will turn the existing 7.62mm M24 rifles into ones capable of firing the .300 Winchester magnum (7.62x67) round. This is a more powerful round than the NATO 7.62x51 round currently used in the M24. The conversion kit includes a new receiver and barrel, a new scope, a new flash suppressor and a folding buttstock. The conversion will take five years and will cost about $7,800 per rifle.
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When does the gubment ever pay below msrp?

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post #3 of 10 (permalink) Old 10-09-2010, 08:37 PM
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It is high, but a lot is going to be in the glass and barrel. BIG difference in MilSpec parts and off the shelf 700 parts.
I also bet the supressor is a sound supressor, not just a flash supressor.
Then if you go into the McMillan stocks they are high as shit too.

With what the conversion includes I am curious what they are keeping off the old rifles. Sounds more like a replacement then a conversion.

Article also states that the 7.62x51 is only good out to 800m. I know a shit ton of people shooting 1000+ with the 308 round.
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1000+ is definitely do-able. 800m is the "combat effective range" which is just mil-speak for "we can train someone to shoot that far". The .308 is a great multi-purpose round and with "special loads" like the Marines use, it is more accurate than the original designers had ever dreamed, I'm sure.
I'm actually surprised they are going with the .300 WinMag. It's good, but there are plenty of better ones. The .338 Lapua comes to mind.

And yes, $7800 and all that is being changed, sounds like a whole new weapon to me.
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The action isn't just your standard 700 action either from what a few inside sources over on snipershide were saying its a custom built similar to one
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Photos of the updated gun.
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post #7 of 10 (permalink) Old 10-10-2010, 10:15 AM
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Photos of the updated gun.
WOW, that thing is fucking ugly....
I bet it beats carrying around a 12-15 pound gun though!
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post #8 of 10 (permalink) Old 10-10-2010, 12:25 PM
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I bet if we were to try and replicate that gun, we'd have every dime of $7000 in it. Those special hand lapped, 5-land, cut-rifle barrels, U.S. Optics scope, custom fit and machine work, nevermind the ridiculously high rejection rate M-24's see. Remember that the cost covers the rejects, too. Those rifles are some of the most carefully put together firearms on the planet for such a mass-produced weapon.

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I bet if we were to try and replicate that gun, we'd have every dime of $7000 in it. Those special hand lapped, 5-land, cut-rifle barrels, U.S. Optics scope, custom fit and machine work, nevermind the ridiculously high rejection rate M-24's see. Remember that the cost covers the rejects, too. Those rifles are some of the most carefully put together firearms on the planet for such a mass-produced weapon.
Spot on man. And dont forget the $1500 suppressor.
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post #10 of 10 (permalink) Old 10-10-2010, 12:52 PM
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Not to put too fine a point on it, but here's pretty reasonable retail prices of the current gear:

http://www.snipercountrypx.com/pc-30...on-sights.aspx

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