US Army buying .300 Winchester magnum

Steve Johnson
by Steve Johnson

Strategy Page reports:

June 18, 2009: The U.S. Army has ordered 38.4 million rounds of .300 Winchester magnum ammunition for its newly modified M-24 sniper rifles, as well as similar SOCOMs Mk13 models. The new ammo will cost about $1.30 per round. The .300 Winchester magnum will be ordered in minimum lots of 56,160 rounds (117 boxes of 480 rounds each). The entire 38.4 million rounds will last a while.

$1.30 a round! I would have thought they could get it cheaper than that!

There is a discussion at SaysUncle about the pro’s and con’s of the cartridge.

Thanks to David for the link.


A more factually correct article is at Defense Industry Daily, and it quotes regular TFB commenter Daniel Watters.

D.E. Watters of The Gun Zone adds that .300 Win Mag is used in the Mk13 sniper rifle, another Remington 700 long receiver derivative that’s assembled from parts at NSWC Crane. The most recent version is the Mk13 MOD 5, which allows the use of the same sound suppressor as the Knight’s Armament Company SR-25/MK11 sniper rifle.

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  • Daniel E. Watters Daniel E. Watters on Jun 23, 2009

    Of course, you'll note who started that thread on the IAA Forum.

    As I wrote elsewhere, there isn't going to be a ".300 Win Mag Timeline". However, that doesn't mean I don't pay attention to other military small arms ammunition developments.

    No one seems to have picked up on the other ammunition developments listed in the same NDIA presentation discussing the Mk 248 Mod 1. There a couple of interesting new rounds coming online for 5.56mm and 7.62mm as well.

    You have to remember that NSWC-Crane conducts small arms development work for USSOCOM as well as the US Navy.

  • Rick Rick on Aug 09, 2009

    The bad part is, the Government will probably dispose of most of that amunition. I was in the Marines from 91 to 95, I went to Somalia, and was part of the evacuation of the UN.
    We had Cases and Cases, of .308 and .223 that we dumped into the ocean on our way back to the United States. I hated to be a part of it, but that was orders. There was nothing wrong with the amunition, it was mostly new in box. Should have gone back in storage, or been sold cheaply as surplus ammo. Our Tax dollars at work.