When I was in, the M82A1 was competing against the McMillan M87R, and everyone of the snipers/sniper school instructors, preferred the McMillan. It was another 6 years or so before they finally officially adopted the XM107, and the M87R was replaced by the TAC-50 (in McMillan's line up), and I'm sure everyone of the sniper/sniper instructors who evaluated them probably still preferred the bolt action. From what I've heard, it was the overwelming (sp?) favorite by the guys that would be using them. Too bad they were not the ones making the decisions. The decision was made by those with more rank than firsthand knowledge.