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I've been looking for the last 3 days for information on the accuracy/quality of this rifle; however whenever I find a topic regarding the AR30 it is usually about the .338 lapua.  From what I get from those posts is people say that it is a great gun regarding the .338, so I want to assume the same for the .300.  Does anyone have some information on this rifle, or experience of personal use, or from someone who owns one?  
Since one of the things that usually comes up with regarding uses and accuracy is what it'll be used for, here goes.  I have a rem700 .308, but I'd like the .300 for shooting targets out further, as well as finding myself a nice little hill in the deserts of Utah, and possibly shooting at some coyotes and other critters out as far as 1,000 meters(though hard to spot that far).  If I'm not mistaken this .300 should take me out to 1200 pretty easily.  
Any help is appreciated, thanks ahead of time.

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Here is a review of the 300 win mag.

http://www.shootingtimes.com/longgun_reviews/armalite_121206/index.html
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I have had both the .338LM and the .300WM in the AR-30.

IMVHO

First, I am not knocking the DURABILITY or the SOLIDNESS if you will of the AR-30, however since I have shot other .300WM and Military .300WM at that I would say compared to a STEYR SSG-04 I would pick the STEYR SSG-04 every time. 

I believe the AR-30 to be a very very well built or Battle-field ready piece of equipment but it lacks refinement.

I have actually been somewhat involved on the evolution of the AR-30 platform from utilizing it to having a few personally.   I have the privilege of living less than 20 minutes away from Camp Perry and have been able to deal directly with the designer and head or project engineer from armalite on assisting them with Ideas for improvement specifically on the bolt lock up and the bolt handle and angle.

I however still do not endorse them they are improving vastly in the last year and now 3 redesigns later it is better but out of the BOX does not match the refinement of the STEYR SSG-04.

I would state though that the AR-30 is accurate but again does not match the Steyr in accuracy I am a stickler on this you will easily get 1/2 MOA out of the AR-30 but will not get much better.  The Steyr will shoot 2-3" at 800yrds consistently or as consistent as you can hold...

I do not wish to confuse you the AR-30 is a very nice platform that has been improved since its launch and will outshoot many other .300WM's and will have the Durability to do work for you for a long time but if you are looking for something that has is a little more refined and pleasing to shoot I would steer you to the SSG-04 it is hard to beat for the extra few dollars...


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Thanks for the responses.

Lapua I really appreciate your personal input on those two rifles.  I've done about as much research as possible with the internet in Afghanistan(which is about the same as a 28.8 modem most the time).  Everything I've read about the Steyr is amazing, haven't seen a single complaint, not to mention some guy said if you call Steyr they claim a 0 moa on their rifles; obviously something to take with a grain of salt, but if they claim it, they must be confident.  I'm going to start looking for prices on the Steyr and can hopefully find a good deal.
The only thing left now is researching loads for target and hunting, and deciding on what scope so I can have a BDC set up.  I do reloading on my .308, but the powder I have is something my dad gave me and is not in any reloading books, so that is something I will need to remedy, for the .300.  I haven't had the chance to check ballistics of the different bullets yet.  
Does anyone happen to have a site bookmarked or handy I can check out for this?  I may have seen something on the snipercentral forums, but I don't remember.
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http://www.snipershide.com/forum/ubbthreads.php?ubb=showflat&Number=348736&nt=4&page=1
 There is some really good info here on reloading for the .300 WM
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