I think that the .303 British round is still a good round and the Lee Enfield that it is fired from is still a good rifle. I also think that the sniper-rifle varient of the Lee Enfield SMLE that was used during WW2 is odd as it seems to get more accurate the further out you go.
.303 British is old now
everything ti does the 7.62*51mm NATO does much better
280y is a common hunting distance and a role the .303 British can preform just fine but its not near the demands of a sniper...
generally they want to get within 600-800m but need a rifle that can take shots much further if needed, the .303 British isnt nearly as fast, pushes a slower bullet at a slower velocity
also no modern tactical rifles that im aware of chambered in it
Jeff, I checked out my ballistics charts after we talked...the specs for a 174 grain round ad 2400 odd feet per second weren't too good compared to a lot of rounds of today...I can see how it is obsolete now after the comparison.
Big Jake, what Jeff_850 said is true, I can see a lot of situations where it just wouldn't be good enough. Such as with only part of a target visable at 6-800 M....say just a head or a crouching man...or shooting into some wind or such
yea muzzleblast is right about that
also what if you need to go a bit further
i'd be alot more comfortable taking a 1000y shot with a .308 than i would a .303 Brit
hell im sure there are a few people here who will tell ya the .308 isnt made for 1000y even