.260 Remington Conversion for FN SCAR Mk 20 Spotted in SOFIC 2017

Hrachya H
by Hrachya H

According to SoldierSystems.net, FN America has shown a .260 Remington conversion unit for FN SCAR Mk 20. What makes this news even more interesting is that it happened shortly after the US Special Operations Command (SOCOM) announced that they are exploring a possibility for a .264 caliber cartridge (6.5mm Creedmoor or .260 Remington) for the semi-auto sniper rifles.

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Although there is no official information released by FN yet, I think they are most likely developing it in response to the US SOCOM interest in this caliber. The mentioned .264 caliber cartridges both will give more flexibility to the special operations snipers. To me, a DMR in this caliber is an improvement over a 7.62x51mm NATO one. The 6.5mm CM or .260 Rem both are adequately capable within DMR ranges and beyond with more moderate recoil (good to make a quick follow-up shot) and flatter trajectories of high BC, high MV projectiles. Also, they have sufficient terminal performance for the military use.

Of course, it is less likely to see in near future the adoption of these calibers in any larger scale than special operations use. Nevertheless, should SOCOM adopt any of the calibers, it will at least generate some legit data concerning the combat performance of the mentioned calibers, which will be extremely useful for the development of .264 caliber cartridges for military use.

Interesting note: a company called Handl Defense makes both 6.5mm Creedmoor and .260 Remington conversion barrel assemblies for the SCAR platform. So if you have a 7.62 cal SCAR, you can get one of these conversion units and conduct your own tests!

Hrachya H
Hrachya H

Managing Editor Being a lifelong firearms enthusiast, Hrachya always enjoys studying the history and design of guns and ammunition. Should you need to contact him, feel free to shoot him a message at Hrachya@TheFirearmBlog.com

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  • LilWolfy LilWolfy on May 23, 2017

    .260 Remington with that port location is going to be fun to manage the cyclic rate on, especially suppressed.

  • Patriot196 Patriot196 on Jun 07, 2017

    There has been some suggestion that the .264 and/or the .260 will be adopted by the U.S. military as a whole. They are testing intermediate calibers now, not just special operations They want something with greater hitting power at distance over the 5.56. I have seen many posts, articles, agreements, and arguments for this. But what you want is not only terminal damage, but terminal damage associated with hitting power. Terminal damage is what kia's an enemy, but hitting power or force is what actually takes them out of the fight. Internal damage caused by a round that feels like a hammer hitting an enemy that allows him to say in the fight at least for a few more minutes vs. a round that hits like a baseball bat, sledge hammer or a Mike Tyson upper cut that knocks the crap out of an enemy and takes him out of the fight, along with the internal damage that the round produces and at range. The latter is what you want, but the 5.56, although lethal, does not give you both attributes even at distance like a .260,.264, or 7.62x51. I hope they make the change all around. Marine recon.