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Chris Kyle 300 Win Mag
Recently I was researching .300 win mag ammunition and I came across some Chris Kyle 300 Win Mag information that quoted the Chris Kyle “American Sniper” autobiography. I ended up purchasing the book. I guess I always figured Chris Kyle used a 7.62×51 and a .50 BMG. Turns out .300 Win Mag was his caliber of choice. Below is the .300 Win Mag excerpt from the kindle edition of the book.
The .300 is in another class entirely. As I’m sure many readers know, .300 Win Mag (pronounced “three hundred win mag”) refers to the bullet the rifle fires, the .300 Winchester Magnum round (7.62 × 67 mm). It’s an excellent all-around cartridge, whose performance allows for superb accuracy as well as stopping power. Other services fire the round from different (or slightly different) guns; arguably, the most famous is the Army’s M-24 Sniper Weapon System, which is based on the Remington 700 rifle. (Yes, that is the same rifle civilians can purchase for hunting.)
In our case, we started out with McMillan stocks, customized the barrels, and used 700 action. These were nice rifles. In my third platoon—the one that went to Ramadi—we got all new .300s. These used Accuracy International stocks, with a brand-new barrel and action. The AI version had a shorter barrel and a folding stock. They were bad-ass. The .300 is a little heavier gun by design. It shoots like a laser. Anything from a thousand yards and out, you’re just plain nailing it. And on closer targets, you don’t have to worry about too much correction for your come-ups. You can dial in your five-hundred-yard dope and still hit a target from one hundred to seven hundred yards without worrying too much about making minute adjustments. I used a .300 Win Mag for most of my kills. – Chris Kyle