mr.fred wrote: was talking about competition tuned ARs rather than bolt action target rifles. These rifles are functionally AR15s, just higher quality components or fettled to fit or both.
" Sweden that took back the Ak4 (Heckler & Koch G3) and upgraded it with newly developed Spuhr parts and an old riflescope from Hensoldt."https://www.thefirearmblog.com/blog/202 ... er-rifles/
article then goes on to take a wide sweep of the going ons when accuracy is priced, but bolt action for its limitations in more intense situations is to be avoided:
"Sweden is also evaluating multi-caliber sniper rifles (bolt-action) at the moment: New Multi-Caliber Sniper Weapon System for Swedish Armed Forces.
The French Army recently decided to buy SCAR-H PRs: French Army Selects SCAR-H PR, S&B Scope and Night/Thermal Vision for Sniper Rifle. The German Army is using Heckler & Koch HK417s.
The Canadian Army just decided to buy Colt Canada’s C20, and the Danish Army is probably going a similar route.
The Dutch Army is also looking for a Designated Marksman Rifle (DMR), with the odd fact that the rifle should be capable of using 260 Remington ammunition (6.5 x 51 mm)
It would seem that the idea of the semi-automatic precision rifle is far from dead."
May be (the bolded) not so odd after all, if one looks at e.g. this article
260 Remington Beats 308 Winchester? Maybe — Ron ...http://www.ronspomeroutdoors.com
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which concludes that with the 260 Remington having the same case capacity as the 308 and thus with only so much powder space, the lighter bullet is going to be driven faster and that always improves ballistic performance.
So, the Dutch are going for perfection,
whereas Sako (Beretta Group) already have the two rifles -which the linked article really is about - for two different uses (and an army to pay for getting them into service) and have settled for a widely used round that might lose some (BC) at longer ranges, but is good enough and has more impact energy at shorter ranges (where suppressing fire from box-std ARs will be part of the picture)
... how else will you ever get something that as a rifle/ its parts is closely similar and is meant to fit both the DMR and sniper 'bills'
Ever-lasting truths: Multi-year budgets/ planning by necessity have to address the painful questions; more often than not the Either-Or prevails over Both-And.
If everyone is thinking the same, then someone is not thinking (attributed to Patton)