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Old March 12, 2013, 10:22 PM   #23
Old Grump
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The 276 Pederson was a good round with a weird but not serious design flaw, the tapered case. To use in a magazine it would have had to be curved instead of straight like the one we use for the M14. Even with that the efficiency of the 7MM bullet would have been an advantage in the field.

The 270 British later renamed the 280 for the FAL was supposed to be adopted by us but again we pulled big bully and made them adopt our cartridge instead. My time line was wrong but still we pushed our 7.62X51 which I love, made NATO adopt it then thrice cursed Lemay and MacNamara foisted the gopher round on our troops after Britain and our allies switched to our 30 caliber. Our rationale was because there was no way our vaunted heroic General Staff was ever going to adopt a sub 30 caliber. So we keep ditching the idea of a European round because it had a funny metric designation instead of a good American number which of course made it superior.

Common sense seems to get seriously lost when military men get above the rank and file and move into the rarefied air of politics. Honor pffft, that doesn't pay as well.

We don't do any better then the Nazi's did because politics determines all of our military strategy. If it didn't how come we have been in one fight after another since WWII except for maybe 12 years since WWII ended. We don't declare war and we do not win wars anymore. Gutless, nutless politicians and General Staff. If a general tries to speak truth and common sense it seems to get him retired. We learned nothing from the Nazis defeat.
Good intentions will always be pleaded for any assumption of power. The Constitution was made to guard the people against the dangers of good intentions. There are men in all ages who mean to govern will, but they mean to govern. They promise to be good masters, but they mean to be masters.
--Daniel Webster--

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