Many firearm experts, combat users, and studies have recommended the heavier and modernized 123 gr., 6.5x39 mm Grendel Lapua Scenar cartridge as a replacement for the current 5.56mm NATO and possibly the 7.62 mm NATO as well.
With double the mass of the 5.56 mm NATO, the ballistics of a 6.5 mm 123 gr. Lapua Scenar projectile far outperforms the M16’s 5.56 mm, the AK-47’s 7.62x39 mm, the Barrett 6.8 mm SPC (110-115 gr.), and it
flies faster, farther, and with significantly less recoil (9.23 lbs vs. 17.24 lbs) than the 7.62 mm NATO round.
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