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    A new, high performance round is sought by the Army - decision around April 2020. A 6.8 unlike any existing 6.8. One is based around the Picatinny Arsenal design. Another is developed by SIG called the MCX variant, a three piece cartridge. True Velocity is composite cased designed to work in a General Dynamics firearm. H&K has a novel telescoping cartridge developed by Olin Winchester. All meet a spec to penetrate a certain armor plate at long distance. Weapons in the field by the end of 2020 to replace the M-4 and M-249.

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    Yeah, I was hoping for a 6.8mm military upgrade. Unfortunately, I don't think it's the 6.8mm I was hoping for!

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    • #3
      Originally posted by FirstBubba View Post
      Yeah, I was hoping for a 6.8mm military upgrade. Unfortunately, I don't think it's the 6.8mm I was hoping for!
      On the plus side FB, this could lead to further interest and development of 6.8/.277 bullets. Could help your cause in the big picture.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by fitch270 View Post

        On the plus side FB, this could lead to further interest and development of 6.8/.277 bullets. Could help your cause in the big picture.
        No complaints here, fitch270!
        The 6.8mm absolutely loves light bullets.
        A couple of manufacturers are making 85 grain bullets.
        I'd love to try them, but they are "premium" priced. A box of 50 is like $35. Shipping and tax and it goes to pushing $1/bullet!
        I first reloaded some Sierra 90gr HP bullets I had lying around.
        Hog killing dudes!
        Sierra discontinued their .277" 90gr HP.
        But that's okay!
        Speer is now making their Gold Dot bullets in 90gr!
        The Sierra was good, I think the Speer will be better!
        We'll see as soon as I can shoot again!

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        • #5
          If this is a truly high power long distance round for totally new firearms it looks like the Military wants something not now and never available to the Civilian market.

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          • #6
            jimbo, the military never has nor ever will develope something that the civilian market won't eventually get.
            Firearms anyway.

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            • #7
              Haven't you heard of the 277 Sig Fury? It's already been announced for the public even though it's still in the bidding phase for the military.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by fitch270 View Post
                Haven't you heard of the 277 Sig Fury? It's already been announced for the public even though it's still in the bidding phase for the military.
                Yep! The military ain't got many really "secret" weapons! LOL!

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                • #9
                  Isn't that Sig Fury the one with the two piece case?

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