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Special Operations Command is looking at a new 6.5 mm round for its sniper rifle | MilitaryTimes
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Special Operations Command is looking at a new 6.5 mm round for its sniper rifle | MilitaryTimes

Special Operations Command is exploring a new caliber for its semi-automatic sniper rifle needs and upgrading one of its bolt-action sniper rifle systems.

Maj. Aron Hauquitz told Military Times Tuesday that SOCOM is in the preliminary stages of exploring a sniper rifle chambered in the 6.5 mm caliber. The two commercially available rounds being evaluated are the .260 Remington and the 6.5 mm Creedmoor.

Research shows that both rounds will “stay supersonic longer, have less wind drift and better terminal performance than 7.62 mm ammunition,” SOCOM officials said.


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Special Operations Command is looking at a new 6.5 mm round for its sniper rifle