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USSOCOM Selects 300 Norma Mag for ASR

United States Special Operations Command not only has its own budget but it is also an acquisition authority with the ability to procure SOF-unique weapons and equipment. Awhile back we told you that the follow on to their Precision Sniper Rifle would be called the Advanced Sniper Rifle.

According to Long Range Shooting Handbook, the ASR will be chambered for the 300 Norma Mag. Norma offers the round with a 230 gr Berger projectile.

So far, Long Range Shooting Handbook is the only source of this info. Regardless, this new round is quite interesting and a departure from other specialist ammunition adopted for precision applications such as .300 Win Mag and .338 Lapua. I look forward to seeing the other requirements for the ASR once they are finalized.

27 Responses to “USSOCOM Selects 300 Norma Mag for ASR”

  1. MT says:

    What a waste .300 win mag or .338 do a great job. Our defense department should quit wasting money like the M9 replacement project.

    The money should go to keep troop wages up.

    • SecondGradeMath says:

      I’ll play your game. If this contract was cancelled and rolled into troop raises, how much would it mean anually per soldier?

      • 11b says:

        Not to mention we are getting a cost of living raise per new DoD budget. This SOCOM ammo is a drop in the bucket; go yell at the F35 if want to be mad at waste.

      • MT says:

        You right probably 1.00 a year it just the principle of the matter

        • JC says:

          Killing savages better trumps your $1.00 a year principal.

        • Thomas says:

          It’s not the principle of the matter. The 300 Norma Mag is simply a better round. Like 11b said…go yell at the F35 people.

    • Maskirovka says:

      In other news, Call of Duty is going to have to add a new gun for next time…

  2. Brando says:

    Say wha????

  3. Woody says:

    Funny, I was just thinking about rebarrelling a rifle in this caliber. I wonder if this will go anywhere and result in factory loads and (maybe) cheaper brass?

  4. James says:

    Hmm, wonder about that .338 Norma General Dynamics machine gun. Maybe just a barrel swap?

  5. John says:

    Fucking around with a new cartridge when a good one exists is dumb…just buy a bunch of .338 AI rifles and be done with it…

    • Jason says:

      Yeah, those SOCOM guys have no idea right?

      • CV76 says:

        Ooo~ Shiny!

      • BillC says:

        Yeah, how dare they choose a cartridge that launches a bullet that is nearly the same weight as a .338, but is faster and flatter shooting out of a shorter barrel. Idiots.

  6. Scott says:

    Perfect, Finally folks that know WTF they are doing picked a winner. Get rid of the 338 LM and 300 WM run with one cartridge. 300NM run circles around both at ELR distances

  7. Aaron says:

    Surprising that these guys wouldn’t be doing handloads…

  8. thedude says:

    Why? this makes no sense. Other Nato countries use .338 lapua. The PSR uses .338, 300 and 308. Has anyone else confirmed this?

    • Steak TarTar says:

      Apparently 300 Norma Mag is better than .338, 300 and 308

      • SecondGradeMath says:

        This IS the PSR. PSR never got fielded because Remington shit the bed so hard.

  9. Steve says:

    All of the sites re-posting this are crediting Long Range Shooting Handbook as the source for this… and the actual source appears to be the authors Twitter feed (turned into an article). I don’t understand how this warrants an “It’s official…” article on this when all of his ‘sources’ are self-referencing.

    The author has credentials but I’m waiting for something a little more ‘official’ before I believe this – not that the cartridge doesn’t make this a practical choice.

    • SSD says:

      After doing some checking, this round has been under consideration in USASOC circles for some time.