| The majority opinion seems to be in favor of bolt action for snipers, and a heavy barreled version of the primary assault weapon equipped with scope or advanced sights for designated marksman. But can a semi auto do it all?
I read an article in sof mag a while back and one of the quotes I remember said, " the bolt action rifle gets more kills per shot than a semi auto sniper rifle, but the semi auto gets more kills period".
As far as accuracy, M-16 variants when tricked out are some of the most accurate miltary rifles in the world, comparable to any bolt action sniper rifle within its range. Its larger cousin the SR25 and M21 can be made to shoot 1/2 moa out of the box. Thats about as good as it gets.
Using a set-up SR25 as an example, it can do any mission that a bolt action can, plus you have the capability of taking out larger amounts of infantry more quickly and much quicker follow up shots. You could even kill light armored vehicles with a 20 rd. magazine of ap. Try that with a bolt action. A half dozen of one, a dozen of the other. Thoughts???