Below you will find the running leaderboard for the rifles we have tested using our 300 yard multiple headshot engagement test. Continue scrolling to the bottom to read a description of the test.
We developed our 300 yard multiple head shot test as an easy means to gauge the overall usability of a rifle as a sniper platform. The test consists of engaging a Figure 14 WWII sniper training target at 300 yards with three rounds fired in rapid fire succession. The event is timed and where possible fired from the prone supported position. Timing the engagement adds pressure and helps illuminate any shortfalls in the rifle’s ejection, cycling, and ability to come back onto target rapidly. The remaining portion of the score is based on the accuracy of the rifle as measured in group size from center to center. We also added an energy component at 300 yards since the lethality of the round at the target should also be considered when sniping. We use the Figure 14 target because of its blotted pattern that does not give a precise aiming point. This is to try and add a small amount of real world element to the engagement. 300 yards was selected as the distance because it begins to stretch the legs of a rifle while yet it is still easy to setup for the test.
The scoring is based on the time standard of 3 rounds fired in 24 seconds with 1 MOA of accuracy and with 1628 ft-lbs of energy at 300 yard. These standards are what we would consider acceptable for a combat sniper rifle. If a rifle shoots 1 MOA in 24 seconds and has 1628 ft-lbs of energy, then it would score 100 on this test. The accuracy is weighted highest since we are testing the rifles capability. In theory there is no real max overall score. Anything over 100 is considered a good score.