US Army awards .300 Win Magnum ammunition production contract to ATK

14 May 2014 (Last Updated May 14th, 2014 18:30)

ATK has signed a contract with the US Army to produce and deliver a range of .300 Winchester Magnum rifle ammunition products.

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ATK has signed a contract with the US Army to produce and deliver a range of .300 Winchester Magnum rifle ammunition products.

The fixed-price indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity (IDIQ) contract features five one-year task orders, and has an estimated maximum value of $20m.

The programme oversight has been provided by the project manager manoeuvre ammunition systems (PA-MAS).

Under the initial agreement, ATK will manufacture and deliver .300 Win Mag ammunition products, including MK248 mod 0, 190-grain and MK248 mod 1, 220-grain cartridges, for primary use in the army's M2010 enhanced sniper rifle (ESR).

ATK Sporting Group president Jay Tibbets said the company is committed to providing advanced, affordable and mission-critical solutions to US soldiers.

Commenting on the .300 Win Mag ammunition range, Tibbets said: "These products are highly engineered and manufactured with stringent quality assurance processes to ensure optimum performance."

"These products are highly engineered and manufactured with stringent quality assurance processes to ensure optimum performance."

Originally designed by the Winchester Repeating Arms Company, the .300 Win Mag is a belted, bottlenecked magnum rifle cartridge, which is widely used by the US military and law enforcement departments for long-range sniping and marksmanship.

The cartridge is a shortened and necked version of the .375 H&H Magnum, and offers better long-range performance and better bullet weight compared to other .30 calibre cartridges.

The MK248 mod 0 cartridge is primarily used by army snipers, along with the M2010 ESR, to engage enemy targets at extended ranges on the battlefield.

Manufacturing work under the contract is scheduled to be carried out at the company's Anoka, Minnesota, Federal Premium Ammunition factory in the US, while the delivery schedule remains undisclosed.


Image: A US military XM2010 reconfigured sniper weapon system chambered in .300 Win Magnum ammunition. Photo: courtesy of PEOSoldier.

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