Ashbury Precision Ordnance Adds Super Magnum .408 and .375 CheyTac to Premium Line

Tom R
by Tom R

Ashbury Precision Ordnance Manufacturing has added two new calibers to its line of premium precision tactical rifles based on their new SABER® VX bolt action receiver (an octagonal geometry precision manufactured bolt action receiver for .408 and .375 CheyTac calibers).

ASW precision tactical rifles are comfortable to shoot and are purpose built to deliver high levels of consistent, down range accuracy now in calibers from .223 to 408CT. They feature tool-less ergonomic adjustability, heat/mirage management, rugged advanced materials construction, engineered accuracy enhancing design, and offer shooters considerably lower felt recoil especially with the big .375 and .408CT cartridges.

The basic rifle weighs in at 18lbs with an overall length of 53 inches extended (and a compact folded length of 43 inches). There are flush cup sling swivel sockets evenly distributed along the entire length of the rifle on both sides. It is coated with a Cerakote black finish and natural carbon fiber fore end (and can be special ordered in Olive Drab Green, Flat Dark Earth, Titanium Gray, Tungsten Gray, Sniper Gray and SOCOM Blue). It has a fully adjustable two-stage trigger, set to 3lbs. The .408CT variant uses a 1-in-13 inch twist 5R barrel and the .375CT uses a 1-in-10.5 inch twist.

Who here owns one of their rifles? Thoughts? Any lovers of the .408 or .375 calibers?

The ASW-408 base rifle has a suggested retail price of $8,750. It doesn’t appear to be currently listed on their site:

Tom R
Tom R

Tom is a former Navy Corpsman that spent some time bumbling around the deserts of Iraq with a Marine Recon unit, kicking in tent flaps and harassing sheep. Prior to that he was a paramedic somewhere in DFW, also doing some Executive Protection work between shifts. Now that those exciting days are behind him, he teaches wilderness medicine and runs an on-demand medical staffing business. He hopes that his posts will help you find solid gear that will survive whatever you can throw at it--he is known (in certain circles) for his curse...ahem, find the breaking point of anything.You can reach him at tom.r AT or at

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  • Brandon Davis Brandon Davis on Oct 27, 2015

    There's not a lot of call for .408 these days as since about 2009 the .375 variant has proved to be ballistically superior for ELR shooting. There are long standing rumors that the original developers (Cheytac/LRBT/etc) knew that necking down to .375 would provide the best performance, but they wanted to corner the market on ammo components and so went with a rare diameter so they could be the sole provider of bullets. Then there's "LRBT bore spec" that was worked out with Lawton Barrels - another headache trying to make a weird bullet spec work. In the end, necking down to .375 was the way to go and that's what serious ELR shooters are using.

  • Iksnilol Iksnilol on Oct 27, 2015

    Over 1 meter long is compact?

    That sounds like a fun rifle.