New Rounds for US Special Forces Rifles
The US Army will soon have snipers that can engage targets farther and machine guns that are more accurate and lethal than existing weapons. The Army and special forces units are set to introduce two new small arms rounds in the near future meant to improve the effectiveness of troops in the field. Special operations snipers will replace their 7.62 bullets with a new round favored by civilian precision rifle shooters, while the Army’s next-generation squad machine gun will be chambered in a new caliber using new casing technology.
The Special Operations Command is switching from the current 7.62×51-millimeter round to the relatively new 6.5-millimeter Creedmoor round, according to popularmechanics.com.
The 6.5 Creedmoor travels at a higher velocity than the 7.62. At 1,000 yards, a 6.5 Creedmoor round requires less correction for bullet drop (gravity) and for wind than the 7.62 round. This reduces the margin for error for long range shots, especially when calculating the effects of wind.