Originally Posted by ICANHITHIMMAN
I wish to reiterate again that the ARMY initially intended the M24 to be chambered in 30-06 but do to logistics the 308 won in the end.
The 30'06 was NEVER a consideration! The USAJKSWCS sniper school instructors (SFC Dave Zavitz was on one of the 3 main guys then) did the original design and testing on would become the M24 in 300 Win Mag at Ft Bragg in the early 80s. BG Jim Guest (SF CMD CG) was behind it also. That was before there was a USSOCOM. We did not have the waiver authority that we have now and had to go thru the regular Army system. At that time I was going thru the same nut roll on square parachutes.
When they tried to get it fielded, the regular Army AMU jumped in and wanted the 7.62. US Army Special Forces Command wrote a "Letter of Requirement" for a 300 Win Mag in the early 82-84 timeframe.
In the food fight with the AMU (who runs the Army sniper schools) demanded the 7.62 and the final agreement was 7.62 but a long action so it could be upgraded later. The 30'06 was never a consideraton for either side.
The history of the M24 was all chronociled in the either the first or second issue of SNIPER magaizine this year with the names of the other instructors and exact timeframes.
Dave and I had long talks about this and the 30'06 was never a consideration! Dave's final work rifle (with an unnamed agency) was my 40x in the old 30-338 win mag with a mcmillan stock. The 30-338 Win Mag was a winning 1k and LR cartridge in those days.