“The fact that the Special Ops community is looking for a good long-range sniping rifle is a sign that they realize there are more useful platforms out there.”
Being a shooter—especially one who likes long-range shooting (my favorite rifle is my Ruger Precision Rifle in .308)—I can say that I find it refreshing that the military is taking a cue from the civilian world instead of the other way around and trying to recreate the wheel, as they say.
For many years, the military has gone under the premise that they know what is best. Developing and setting the standards for firearms and rounds that perform to a certain standard has been their way of making things into “military” standard. But with the announcement that they will be looking at an already established, high-performance round like the “6.5 Creed,” as some of us like to call it.
The fact that the Special Ops community is looking for a good long-range sniping rifle is a sign that they realize there are more useful platforms out there. Currently, the 7.62 mm round that is the civilian equivalent of the .308 is a very good round that has been in use for many years in the military as well as other specialty calibers, but the 6.5 Creed has gotten many great results over the last few years, especially in the long-range shooting world, including competitions.