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What is the caliber of the M24 sniper rifle?

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The standard M24 sniper rifle is chambered for .308 caliber ammunition. This ammunition is also known as the standard NATO 7.62-millimeter by 51-millimeter round. It is one of the most common types of ammunition available.

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The M24 was originally designed to fire the slightly smaller .30 caliber round. The U.S. Army had intended to use a special variant of this ammunition designed for greater accuracy and range. On finding that an insufficient number of these rounds were available, the Army switched to the marginally larger .308. A modified version of the rifle, known as the M24A3, uses a .338 magnum caliber cartridge.

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