Sniper Rifles

Long-range rifles.

Long-Range Rifles for Long-Distance Shooting

The long-range rifle is generally a bit heavier than its thin-barreled, “pencil-piped” cousin, mounts a stock that won’t warp or twist with humidity or rough field use, carries a well-designed and tuned trigger, and retains a bedding system for the action that makes use of milled aircraft aluminum or glass.

The .338 Norma (left) and parent Lapua are champs at four-digit yardages. Snipers agree!

.338 Lapua Mag: The Ultimate Long-Range Round?

The .338 Lapua Mag. dates to 1983, when Research Armament Industries, in the U.S., outlined plans for a sniper cartridge driving a 250-grain .338 bullet at 3,000 fps. The sleek FMJ missile would penetrate five layers of body armor at 1,000 meters (1,094 yards).

The 5.56 NATO chambered Ruger Scout Rifle in stainless steel.

A Ruger Scout Rifle In 5.56 NATO?

The successful Ruger Scout Rifle — originally chambered in the heavier-hitting .308 cartridge — will now be offered in 5.56 NATO, making it both a practical scout-style rifle for tactical use and a sweet varmint hunting rig.