So in all the video games…and, apparently, in real life…the bolt action rifle is the rifle that snipers use. Famed sniper Chris Kyle, who as a Seal had probably open access to the armory, used a Remington 700 as his “best” rifle.
What gives? Isn’t the accuracy of a firearm determined by the barrel length and quality, the quality and consistency of the ammunition, and alignment with the aimpoint at the instant of firing? None of these factors would be affected by the way the weapon cycles ammunition, and even a “perfect” sniper shot is affected by wind and slight variances in the bullet. This means that at long ranges, the circular error probable is bigger than the target profile, and misses are inevitable - but the more shots a sniper fires, the higher the overall chance at least one shot hits.
Anyways, why are the best sniper rifles bolt action?