MCREE’S PRECISION G10 .300 WIN MAG IS THE “ULTIMATE” SOF SNIPER RIFLE
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.
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.
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.
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.
The inclusion of 6 M- LOK slots ( 3 on each side) allow the addition of a wide variety of mission- specific accessories.