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Disassembly of SIG Spear.
Note, the "PDQ" that is mentioned a couple of times is the aftermarket "PDQ ambidextroud-bolt release" that Karl has used in the WWSD (What Would Stoner Do) carbine.
The PDQ is such a lazy implementation of ambi.
LWRCi and LMT have a much better, true ambi lever that is both bolt catch and release, and have for the last 6+ years.
InrangeTV's MCX Spear disassembly + Thoughts + Live fire
Guardsman26 said: My understanding is that SOCOM units deploying with 6.5 and 6 mm weapons have an EPR loading.
Very interesting. A pity we can't get a photo of either EPR bullet.
It looks like we got a photo of the 6.5mm EPR. https://forums.delphiforums.com/autogun/messages?msg=7519.2783
I am going to contact you separately to discuss NGSW!!!
Well, that's rude. The rest of us are interested, too.
Indeed. So I guess now we know that the 6.5 EPR being used by SOCOM is 103 grains?
Indeed. So I guess now we know that the 6.5 EPR being used by SOCOM is 103 grains
I suppose so?
Previously in this thread, a member here kindly analyzed the 6.8 EPR and figured the projectile weight had to be ~120gr, not the 135gr we had assumed. And thats with a nice long projectile.
So then it would stand to reason that a 6.5 EPR based on a comparably nice form factor would be lighter then the 6.8. A reduction of 17gr weight seems reasonable given the reduction in diameter and (probably) length.
Notably Nathanials 6.8 and 6.5 EPR design - also a very fine shape - ended up with a 125gr 6.8 and 108gr 6.5 when using the same form factor.
So further to your comments, I understand that the 6.5 mm Creedmoor with a 6-7 gram EPR bullet is fired at a higher chamber pressure (70,000 psi). This enables it to use standard brass (making a polymer case version potentially possible).. I further understand that the overall configuration delivers comparable penetration to 6.8x51 mm out of 14/16” barrels. (Anecdotally I am hearing Level IV defeat, but to 400 metres instead of 500 metres - SIG doesn’t quite do it at 600 metres, especially with shorter barrels).
So with high pressure 6.5x48 mm Creedmoor SP you are delivering overmatch in a lighter package (18-19 grams versus 21-22 grams) with a cartridge that is also much easier and less expensive to produce. Because it runs less hot with lower pressures, barrel and parts wear should also be reduced.
If it works as I think it does, it may be a much better overall solution than 6.8x51 mm. Indeed 6.5x48 Creedmoor SP could yet become the NGSW standard.
6.5 Creedmoor is a 62kpsi cartridge, and 6.8 NGSW is much faster out of 14-16” barrels due to being a 75-80kpsi cartridge.