Comments: Eco-Friendly Terrorist Killing

Best of an overall bad cartridge. Let's go to something better in the 6mm family.

Posted by Federale at June 29, 2010 09:45 AM

Oxymoron? Possibly, however, the cartridge, though it has its detractors, does embody many positive attributes. It will remain to be seen whether this new round lives up to its billing. If so, that will be a good thing indeed.

Posted by mikemcdaniel at June 29, 2010 09:51 AM

Too light. Does it attain the same momentum as the larger round, i.e. does the lighter ball have a higher velocity to attain the equivalent momentum of the larger ball? If not you have too many survivors.

Posted by Odins Acolyte at June 29, 2010 10:02 AM

"During testing, the M855A1 performed better than current 7.62mm ball ammunition against certain types of targets"

It would be nice if they told us *which* types of targets. Can it penetrate a car door? A wood fence? If not, it's absurd to claim it performs "better" than 7.62 NATO. Or are they referring to 7.62x39 Soviet?

For God's sake, give our guys a new standard cartridge in the 7mm class. I don't care which one it is, even .280 Enfield, but please, PLEASE replace that damn .22 varmint round our troops have had to use for forty years.

Posted by Bohemond at June 30, 2010 04:28 PM

According to the military times article, the round falls apart in extreme heat. The Marines are going with the SOCOM round instead.

Posted by Larry at June 30, 2010 09:03 PM

My mistake, that was the last "new" round...the new "new" round uses more copper.

Posted by Larry at June 30, 2010 09:10 PM

No oxymoron. Stating it's the best 5.56mm cartridge ever doesn't mean it's any good (I'll leave determining whether it is good or not to the experts).
It just means they state it's better than other 5.56mm catridges, which it may well be (or not, I'll leave that to the experts too, though anything "green" is by me approached with great apprehension as usually quality is sacrificed to "greenness").

Posted by J.T. Wenting at July 2, 2010 02:54 AM