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Are the USMC ever going to go back to .30-06 battle rifles instead of the poodle shooters they have now?
- Anonymous2 months agoFavorite Answer
the USMC is out of date and should be shut down remember the Biggest Amphibious landing D Day the USMC was NOT there
- Anonymous2 months ago
30-06 ammo is much too large and bulky to be carried around all day on long missions. The average US infantryman carries 210 rounds of ammunition; 5.56mm NATO is much lighter and far less tiresome to lug around a battlefield than the equivalent amount of 30-06.
Soldiers in combat always seek to minimise the weight they absolutely need to carry; more weight means greater fatigue and affects situational awareness and combat performance.
During the Vietnam War, the US Military found out that soldiers that carried many more smaller calibre rounds tended to prevail in combat. Since their ammunition capacity is much greater, they are more likely to fire their weapons to keep the enemy suppressed (so that they can be flanked or destroyed by air/artillery support).
Also, the 30-06 has far heavier recoil than the current 5.56mm NATO; less recoil means faster follow-up shots, greater accuracy, and a higher rate of fire for suppressing an enemy.
The only relevant aspects for a round like a 30-06 is as a long-range sniper round or a machine gun round, but the USMC currently have the 7.62mm NATO, or even the monster 50 BMG for such purposes.
None of the USMC's current weapons use the 30-06, so why would they give themselves the logistical trouble of reintroducing an old round that's over a century old where current rounds can do the same jobs?
- STEVEN FLv 72 months ago
30-06 was NEVER a rifle caliber.
Now that you have proven your TOTAL IGNORANCE of long guns, it is clear an explanation of why they actual rifles in use are far superior for combat.
- 2 months ago
No, too expensive, too bulky, too heavy. Nobody wants to carry
250 rounds of .30-06 all day. You can fit more 5.56 into an ammo can and magazine of the same size than you can .30-06, that container weighs less, and can be moved around more easily and therefore costs less regardless of production, which also costs more due to more raw material being used. The poodle shooters are good enough for the time being, however a new BR chambered in 6.8x43mm is being looked at for "superior downrange lethality".
- Pearl LLv 72 months ago
you'll find out if they do
- Old Man DirtLv 72 months ago
Right now the thinking is all about fire for effect! Which means putting the most number of rounds into the air. The round you mention takes about three times as much powder and metal as the current round. So it is not a good weapon to lay down a field of fire.
So I suspect not.
However I think it is still the desired sniper round.
- scott bLv 72 months ago
Unlikely, as it's too expensive, and too powerful of a round that goes right through backstops.