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Well, I received a special gift from tactical operations. They sent me 4 high res photos of their new x-ray 66. The first is now on the main page of snipercentral.com. The other three I'll post here.

Keep in mind, this rifle is not even available for sale yet and I'm breaking the story here first!! There will be a write up in SWAT Magazine in about a month. The XRay uses the new McMillan A5 stock which many of you like (as do I). This particular rifle has a 26" barrel and is chambered in .300 Win Mag. This one is threaded for a suppressor and has a leupold Mk4 8.5-25x50mm LR/T M1 Illuminated Reticule... which is one heck of a sweet scope.

Enjoy the pics







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Westpointranger:
looks to be 26" long?

Mel:
glad you posted a pic of the newest in perhapes the most awesome line of rifles ive seen :)
comes with the standard Tac Ops 1/4 moa guarentee i presume?

*edit* it says 26" long barrel in mel's post i just noticed it myself heh
 

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Westpoint:

Good eye! Let me just say, this rifle was built for someone, the symbol is an indication of where this "someone" spent many years.

Jeff_850

Yes, standard accuracy guarantee, and yes, 26" barrel (which as many of you know, is very long for Tac-Ops, they much prefer the shorter barrels, but like I said above, this rifle was built for someone)

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i have noticed that Tac Ops would prefer to put a barrel a bit shorter on say a 20" barrel
i believe the Tango 51 has the option for an 18-22 or 24" barrels (short to full sized) and i think its the same with the 66s out to 26" standard cause they are .300 WMs
is there a reason why they prefer shorter barrels? do they tend to get better accuracy out of their products?
 

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What an incredibly dull little hole :wink:

Ah, I wish I was rich...and/or lived in the US. Getting one of the Tac-Ops rifles over here would be one expensive nightmare :(
 

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Okay, I'll try to answer some of the questions:

First, the finish is Birdsong, thats all they use, and for good reason!

Now, how do they get that accuracy? Well, they wont even give ME those details! I've been to their workshop in So Cal, and they still wouldn't show me everything! But, it comes down to this, they pay attention to detail, EVERY detail (which is why they cost the price they do). When they blue print an action, its extremely thorough and they don't just square the action face, they square EVERYTHING. If there is the tiniest flaw on anything, they redo it. This sometimes slows down production, but they will not compromise. In fact, I just sent down my Bravo for fitting a suppressor... they are going to recrown my rifle because its not PERFECT! Sure, it was fine and there was no problems, but it wasn't perfect! They are really good about doing it right.

Price is going to be around the Lima prices found here
http://www.snipercentral.com/tangobuy.htm

Why do they prefer shorter barrels? Well, its like you speculated, they tend to get better accuracy out of a .308 with a 18-20" barrel. This is NOT uncommon, Remington has discovered the same thing, the 700LTR is their most accurate mass produced rifle (not counting custom shop 40x's). There is a slight reduction in velocity (its more pronounced reduction in .300WM and other high velocity rounds). But tac-ops focus is on law enforcement, so that slight reduction is not as critical as it is to us, the military snipers. Either way, my 22" barrel on my bravo gave up NO velocity when shooting fed match, chrono at 10' averaged about 2620 fps.

I think I answered everyones questions.... let me know if there is more!

Oh, yeah, BTW, I WANT ONE TOO!! And likewise, am drooling.

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Heh Mel, is there a (industry) standard distance from the muzzle to place a chrony when wanting fps.readings? (re your 10' and 2620 fps)
Geez.....nice rifle!
 

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Most manufacturers recommend at least 10 feet from the muzzle so that the muzzle blast and unburned powder / residue do not inhibit the equipment's abillty to read the bullet coming from the muzzle.
 

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Jeff_850 said:
if i remember correctly there aer links on the tactical operations website but its down (for me anyway) right now
I'm having the same problem. It's been down for me for the past week.
 

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I talked to them on the phone a few days ago. They are modfying the site and its going to be down for at least a week or two. Call them if you need them: (310)275-8797
 
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