the 6.8 caliber really interests me, it has almost the knock down power of the 7.62*51 with the ablitiy to carry more ammo because of its lighter wieght and gives us a much better round then either the 5.56 or the 7.62*39
I just wish I could find enough of it at a cheaper price
Does the Robinson XCR have any chance of being involved in Military Contract Bids or is it's main market limited to civilian/LE? I've heard many people tout it as the solution. Seems like those Robinson rifles have been around for awhile.
-- Update Edit: I did some research and it looks like Robinson sent some rifles to the Army for evaluation, but forgot to include BFA's (blank firing attachment) in their shipment, the BFA's were sent next day but they still got rejected. Interesting. Truth be told, I doubt a small company like that could keep up with the production demands of a large military contract like FN can. Nice to see a local (SLC) company putting out a high quality product though.
I can't see what's wrong with the XCR, if I wanted a quick-change caliber conversion rifle that is really one of the only ones out there right now.
I would like to know where these rumors started. Not even the FN military page mentions anything except 7.62x51 and 5.56 for the two models, with 7.62x39 "possibly" being available for the "H" model. If that's the case, then it would stand to reason that the "H" model could also be converted to fire the 5.56, wouldn't it? A shim in the magazine well would be the only thing required, unless there is a substantial difference in the operation between the two models (such as clearances), but that could be overcome with some clever engineering of the bolt.
Finding "just the facts" seems to be difficult. I would guess they probably don't want to let the cat out of the bag if they are in fact planning a 6.8.
The 6.5 Grendel has some solid advantages over the 6.8. I'd love to see it introduced. It has the best chance to replace a wide variety of weapons in both 5.56 and 7.62. Good energy retention, armor penetration, soft recoil and flat trajectory. It looks like the best trade off.