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Lobaev Arms DVL-10 Saboteur

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The Lobaev Arms DVL-10 Saboteur is an integrally suppressed sniper rifle system that is designed for relatively close ranges. Along with standard 308 Win, the DLV-10 uses a new proprietary cartridge called the 40 Lobaev which sends a 419 grain bullet at subsonic velocities. At 1017 fps the muzzle energy works out to 962 ft/lbs which is significantly more energy that even 338 Lapua subsonic, which at 1000 fps pushes a 300gr projectile with 666 ft/lbs of muzzle energy. This is very impressive even with significant bullet drop occurring past 100 meters. See below for chart courtesy of JBM Ballistics:

Calculated Table
Range Drop Drop Windage Windage Velocity Mach Energy Time Lead Lead
(yd) (in) (MOA) (in) (MOA) (ft/s) (none) (ft•lbs) (s) (in) (MOA)
0 -1.5 *** 0.0 *** 1018.5 0.912 965.0 0.000 0.0 ***
100 -0.0 -0.0 0.0 0.0 976.8 0.875 887.6 0.301 53.0 50.6
200 -34.9 -16.7 0.0 0.0 941.1 0.843 823.9 0.614 108.1 51.6
300 -109.1 -34.7 0.0 0.0 909.6 0.815 769.7 0.938 165.1 52.6
400 -225.2 -53.8 0.0 0.0 881.3 0.789 722.5 1.274 224.2 53.5
500 -386.2 -73.8 0.0 0.0 855.3 0.766 680.5 1.620 285.1 54.4
600 -594.8 -94.7 0.0 0.0 831.3 0.745 642.9 1.976 347.8 55.4

 

According to their Facebook page Lobaev Arms is a Russian manufacturer of high end precision rifles and was founded in 2005 and is located in Kaluga which is 150KM southwest of Russia. They purport to be suppliers of sniper rifles to Russian security services which may be unprecedented for a privately operated company operated in Russia. The Russians have a history with using subsonic ammunition in accurized platforms. The VSS Vinorez, which is in service with the Russian armed forces utilizes the 9×39 cartridge.  I’m not holding my breath for these to be imported into the US for civilian sales, however the 40 Lobaev would be an excellent choice for those needing a subsonic platform and require the additional energy delivery at close ranges.

 

PERFORMANCE CHARACTERISTICS:

  • Precision – 0.5 MOA\15 mm distance between the centers (5-shot at 100 m)
  • Maximum range – 600 m
  • Muzzle velocity – 315 m/s
  • Operating temperature range – -45+65 C
  • Caliber – .40 Lobaev Whisper \ .308 Win (civil)
  • Length – 1004 (730 with folded stock) mm
  • Height – 226 mm
  • Width – 62 mm
  • Weight – 4100 g
  • Barrel length – 400\600 mm (civil)
  • Trigger pull – 500-1500g
  • Bolt handle – right
  • Bolt action – right
  • Magazine – 10 rounds

Standard package:

  • Barrel contour – special contour
  • Barrel length – 500mm
  • Caliber – .40 Lobaev Whisper (308Win – civil version)
  • Bi-pod – none
  • Suppressor – LIS
  • Scope mount – STD Picatiny rail