Reply to "USSOCOM Adopts 6.5 CM"

Think about the kind of combat we are in - militaries have long held that small arms engagements typically happen within 500 meters. We develop a rifle and cartridge that excels at these ranges, and the enemy we are fighting knows it. So to avoid dying themselves, they try to engage from further out with heavier calibers, then scoot before we can bring combined arms down on their heads. So now we push for heavier calibers, pressing more .308 into service as a stopgap.

The past 100 years of military ammo development has been trying to dial in the perfect infantry caliber. We've been bouncing around between 5 and 8mm for that entire time, and the reason being the needs of the military change. 30-06 was pretty close to optimal for the military's needs at it's adoption, as was 5.56.

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