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MCREE’S PRE­CI­SION G10 .300 WIN MAG IS THE “UL­TI­MATE” SOF SNIPER RI­FLE

Tactical World - - Contents - STORY AND PHO­TOS BY GOR­DON MEEHL

We re­viewed what may be the ul­ti­mate SOF sniper ri­fle. By Gor­don Meehl

The task given was sim­ple enough: Find or build the ul­ti­mate sniper ri­fle. The ex­e­cu­tion, how­ever, proved mind spin­ning at times. As I saw it, there were two pri­mary cri­te­ria that had to be met. The first was very spe­cific: “sniper ri­fle,” so what­ever the prod­uct ended up be­ing, it had to be ap­pro­pri­ate for tac­ti­cal long-range use. There­fore, an ex­otic, blueprinted and del­i­cate “race” gun would prob­a­bly not fit the bill. With “ul­ti­mate” be­ing a neb­u­lous way­point on this jour­ney, clos­ing the open-ended na­ture of that de­scrip­tor seemed like a good place to start.

Luck­ily, in my part of the Tar Heel state, I have easy ac­cess to ar­guably two of the best long-range learn­ing fa­cil­i­ties in the coun­try, where I can learn from those who earned a liv­ing with a mag­ni­fied view of the world. Both the Tac­ti­cal Farm in Moores­boro, NC and South Carolina Open Train­ing Ground in Lau­rens, SC are staffed by mil­i­tary and LE snipers whose lives and the lives of oth­ers lit­er­ally de­pended on their equip­ment and their knowl­edge of that equip­ment. There was no bet­ter place to start than talk­ing to real snipers.

THE JOUR­NEY

A lot of names were thrown around; var­i­ous man­u­fac­tur­ers and their pros and cons were dis­cussed with great en­ergy and in great de­tail. The dis­cus­sion was never for lack of in­put or top­ics to stir the hearts of those hang­ing around the line. There’s an in­ter­net’s worth of knowl­edge to be found at each of these ranges. I have seen peo­ple with less to say about pol­i­tics than in our dis­cus­sion on the finer points of long-range shoot­ing, and I loved ev­ery minute. Out of the fray, one name seemed to keep com­ing up, and ex­am­ples of his crafts­man­ship could be seen on the shoul­ders of the guys hit­ting steel at long range, and also on the backs of more than a few elite war fight­ers. The oft-men­tioned name was Scott Mcree, owner and name­sake of Mcree Pre­ci­sion. So, I de­cided to give him a call. He was quite will­ing to spend a few hours shar­ing years of ex­pe­ri­ence and engi­neer­ing alchemy.

Mcree took a dif­fer­ent ap­proach to help­ing me solve the chal­lenge of

“… THE UL­TI­MATE LONG-RANGE PRE­CI­SION RI­FLE IS NOT A THOR­OUGH­BRED, BUT A TOUGHAS-HELL WORK­HORSE …”

find­ing the “ul­ti­mate sniper ri­fle.” Rather than go­ing over the de­ci­sion tree of what I should be look­ing for, he told me that he had al­ready built the ul­ti­mate sniper ri­fle for a se­lect spe­cial op­er­a­tions group. He ex­plained the best way for me to learn why it’s the ul­ti­mate is to get hands-on ex­pe­ri­ence and he would let me bor­row a ri­fle he had built for said group.

Three days later, I was driv­ing back home from my lo­cal gun store with a Mcree’s Pre­ci­sion G10 .300 Win Mag in the back seat.

DIG­GING IN

With the ri­fle in hand and a slack jaw, I called Scott to go over the ri­fle and why this, of all his bal­lis­tic wizardry, is con­sid­ered the un­der­stated pin­na­cle of sniper ri­fles by more than a cou­ple spe­cial op­er­a­tions groups. Talk­ing with Scott about this ri­fle, you im­me­di­ately get that this weapon’s de­sign is care­fully thought out and pur­pose­fully built.

The first and most ob­vi­ous ques­tion is, “Why .300 Win Mag?” Why not move down to a gen­tler .308 Winch­ester? The ques­tion can be an­swered with one word—bal­ance.

Although the .308 Winch­ester and the .300 Win Mag throw the same size .308 round down­range, the .300 Win Mag case car­ries up to 67% more go-go juice. To over­sim­plify it, more pow­der al­lows you to cheat the wind with in­creased bul­let weight and/or in­creased bul­let speed. The .300 Win Mag, com­pared to the .308 Win, is a heav­ier bul­let head­ing down­range at a higher ve­loc­ity. This means gen­er­ally the .300 Win Mag will be more ac­cu­rate and reach far­ther than a .308. The .300 Win Mag can re­li­ably be used to en­gage tar­gets to 1,500 yards; af­ter 500 yards the .308 starts to drop

ex­po­nen­tially faster than the .300 Win Mag, mak­ing it less re­li­able at longer ranges. The cost, how­ever, is that the .300 Win Mag hits your shoul­der about 6 foot-pounds harder than the .308.

With the cal­iber dis­cus­sion out of the way, we talked about the choice of ac­tion. You would think a high­pre­ci­sion in­stru­ment used to save lives would use a high-tol­er­ance cus­tom-ma­chined ac­tion made of ex­otic ma­te­ri­als. Mcree in­stead uses a less-than-ex­otic Rem­ing­ton 700 long ac­tion. The rea­son why Rem­ing­ton ac­tions are so com­mon is be­cause they work time af­ter time. High-tol­er­ance ac­tions don’t do so well when your job de­scrip­tion in­cludes wait­ing out a ha­boob (in­tense dust storm) that blows metal-grind­ing sand into even the small­est gaps. Even af­ter be­ing buried in Mid­dle East­ern sand, the bolt cy­cles and rounds go into bat­tery time and time again. When your life de­pends on it, dura­bil­ity and re­li­a­bil­ity mean every­thing.

Ar­guably the item sub­ject to most per­sonal pref­er­ences is the ri­fle’s trig­ger. The trig­ger is the con­nec­tion point of the ri­fle to the shooter. A lot of con­sid­er­a­tion has been placed on what the go switch should be. A crisp and con­sis­tent break is es­sen­tial. The key to long-range pre­ci­sion is that ev­ery shot is con­sis­tent and pre­dictable. This is one place you do not want to skimp. The Tim­ney #510 fills the bill com­pletely. Set at 2 1/4 pounds, very lit­tle ef­fort is re­quired to send the round down­range. As ex­pected, the Tim­ney had just enough take up and creep to get a good feel for the break. The sub­se­quent over-travel is min­i­mal, al­low­ing for a steady fol­low-through. Af­ter a short re­set, the shooter is good to go on reen­gag­ing the next tar­get.

The busi­ness end is 24 inches of pro­pri­etary 4 grooved stain­less steel. De­signed with 10 twists per inch, the bar­rel is op­ti­mized for heav­ier bul­lets. Test­ing bore wit­ness to this with 220-grain Barnes Open Tip Match group­ing at about 0.82 inch at 100 yards. Fed­eral TLR 200-grain was next group­ing at 0.90 inch at the same 100 yards. To be forth­right, ac­cu­racy test­ing at 100 yards, though the stan­dard, does not quite tell the story, as the bul­let has not had enough time to fully sta­bi­lize. How­ever, the bar­rel, ac­tion and trig­ger are only part of what makes this a pre­ci­sion in­stru­ment. What makes this a piece of func­tional art and sets it apart from the fray is that the bar­rel, ac­tion and trig­ger sit snug­gly in the mas­ter­fully crafted Mcree G10 chas­sis. Though not a sim­ple plain-Jane chas­sis, it’s not crowded with gim­micky bells and whis­tles. The heart of this ri­fle is util­ity and func­tion­al­ity, above all else.

Proper fit is im­por­tant to con­sis­tent shoot­ing. Mil­i­tary snipers spend hours

mounted on their ri­fles. If a shooter is not com­fort­able, he will squirm and read­just to get com­fort­able. If you can­not shoot from the ex­act same po­si­tion ev­ery time, you can­not make the same shot ev­ery time. Con­sis­tency equals pre­ci­sion (i.e. re­peat­able ac­cu­racy). This ri­fle meets the shoul­der via a fully ad­justable, fold­ing butt­stock. With ad­just­ments to length of pull from 12.5 inches to 14.5 inches, buttpad +1 inch, and a split cheek piece ad­justable fore and aft as well as up and down, the shooter is as­sured a per­son­al­ized fit.

To fur­ther help the shooter mod­ify the ri­fle to his pref­er­ences, Mcree in­cludes mount­ing 6 M-LOK slots on ei­ther side. Ad­di­tion­ally, the stock is pre-drilled and tapped for a mono­pod rail, tri­pod mounts and bi­pod rails. Choose be­tween a 0-MOA or 20-MOA scope rail and the ri­fle is al­most bat­tle-ready.

On top of the G10, we mounted a Night­force ATACR 7-35x56 F1, at­tached to the rail with Night­force rings. Though not lightweight, the 40 ounces added to the 11-pound ri­fle was ac­cept­able. The 35x mag­ni­fi­ca­tion and su­per clean glass makes even the

“The key to long-range pre­ci­sion is that ev­ery shot is con­sis­tent and pre­dictable … The Tim­ney #510 fills the bill com­pletely.”

small­est, most dis­tant tar­gets vis­i­ble. Be­ing a first fo­cal plane, scope rang­ing can be done at any mag­ni­fi­ca­tion; this is a must-have in a tar­get-rich tac­ti­cal en­vi­ron­ment. Other fea­tures like a Dig­illum ret­i­cle, .1Mil tur­ret ad­just­ments and the fact that the mil­i­tary’s top shoot­ers pre­fer durable Night­force scopes made this an ob­vi­ous choice for our win­dow on the world down­range.

ON THE RANGE

At the range, we first stead­ied the ri­fle us­ing an S7 bi­pod from KFS in­dus­tries. Us­ing the “Rap­tor Claw” feet to dig into the ground, the S7 pre-loads like a champ. Us­ing the bipods unique cant ad­just­ment to con­firm that the M-level bub­ble was cen­ter as­sured us that our shoot­ing po­si­tion was rock solid, and con­sis­tent from lo­ca­tion to lo­ca­tion. We mounted the G10 to a Crux­ord car­bon fiber tri­pod. The ri­fle was quite at home, as this is the same tri­pod used by SOF teams across all branches of the ser­vice. Mount­ing the Crux­ord truss to the chas­sis bot­tom rail is quick and pro­vided a rigid, nearly im­mov­able plat­form, which is un­fet­tered by the mule kick of a heavy grain .300 Win Mag.

THE PER­FORMER

Some may think the long-range ri­fle needs to set you back a year’s worth of car pay­ments, but Mcree Pre­ci­sion of­fers a real-world, wal­let-friendly build that is sought out and used by the world’s top mil­i­tary sniper teams.

You will find these ri­fles on the backs of guys who know that the ul­ti­mate long-range pre­ci­sion ri­fle is not a thor­ough­bred, but a tough-as-hell work­horse that gets the job done ev­ery time. TW

“Mcree Pre­ci­sion of­fers a real-world, wal­let-friendly build that is sought out and used by the world’s top mil­i­tary sniper teams.”

Adding an S7 bi­pod and CTK Pre­ci­sion mono­pod give the shooter a sta­ble plat­form.

The patented 2- piece split cheek piece is prob­a­bly the most ad­justable on the mar­ket.

Mcree’s patented M- level en­sures a level shoot­ing plat­form; help­ing the shooter elim­i­nate ac­cu­ra­cy­rob­bing cant.

The G10’ s fold­ing stock is ad­justable for length of pull, comb height and re­coil pad po­si­tion­ing.

The Night­force ATACR 7-35x56 F1 is the per­fect al­laround long- range ri­fle scope; packed full of fea­tures that might make some grown men cry.

A 2.5- pound Tim­ney trig­ger is a well- suited bang switch for this bat­tle- proven tack driver.

GO DEEPER For a more in-depth com­par­i­son of the two rounds, check out www.swg­gun.org/300-win-mag-vs-308/.

The in­clu­sion of 6 M- LOK slots ( 3 on each side) al­low the ad­di­tion of a wide va­ri­ety of mis­sion- spe­cific ac­ces­sories.

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