As some of you know, Larue Tactical is releasing a new .308 semiauto precision rifle called the OSR (Optimized Sniper Rifle). It is pin-compatible with the KAC M110/SR25/Mk11 series of rifles and uses Lothar Walther LW50 barrels.
Mark Larue has been reporting at least one test shooter regularly hitting a 9" plate at 1200 1123 yards with the 16" barreled version of the OSR shooting M118LR. The bullet is almost certainly subsonic at this distance. Clearly, this is within the realm of possibility, but I'm wondering if other LR shooters see this as a fluke of circumstances (shooter, weather, altitude, etc) or the truth coming out about the capabilities of a 16" barreled .308.
In other words, does a shooter wishing to shoot at 1000 yards with regularity have a decent chance of success over time with at 16" barreled .308, given modern .308 loads?
By asking this question, I am in no way impugning Mark Larue or his statements. I'm just trying to figure out if 16" is in fact a viable length for precision work at a distance.
ETA: Let me correct myself here.
It was 1123 yards, a 9" plate, and two hits in a row by Greg Coker shooting at Whittington Center:
16" OSR test results
My apologies for my initial post not being quite on the money.