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Is there inherent accuracy?

How then would you explain 6 PPC and 6.5x284? Neither is popular with the masses, both highly praised in bench rest circles?

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I think both just are in vogue. There are good match bullets in each cal and some guy showed up and beat the pants off everybody a few times with them and everybody firures it's the cartridge. Truth is that guy would have beat them with whatever he was shooting on that day in all likelyhood. If a match shooter thinks wearing the same underwear unwashed for a year will take 1/10th off his group, he'll do it!

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After the shooters ability and weapon quality, I believe marketing plays the biggest part in accuracy. Manufacturers produce combinations to force their agenda, ie. discontinue the .220 in the varmit barrel but offer the .223 wssm.

The short mags and super-shorts require less raw material to produce the finished good. The military went to the .308 from the '06 because there was little difference, and more .308s could be produced out of the same pile of brass and lead than .30-06's.

The same is true with the rifles themselves, it may not seem like a big deal when comparing a short action to a standard action, but after you produce 1000 short action recievers out of the same pile of steel you could only get 850 larger '06 length models, the company sees profit in short actions and will market accordingly. Shorter actions also require shorter cuts and milling operations = more cuts per bit / blade and less time spent cutting

Similar to the lumber-yard 2 x 4 that is really 1.5" x 3.5", For practical applications, the result is the same, but more cost effective to produce.

As has been said before: what's in vogue and meeting the status quo.

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Welcomr to BGH. Very thought provoking post and makes sence!

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Is there inherent accuracy?
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After the shooters ability and weapon quality, I believe marketing plays the biggest part in accuracy. Manufacturers produce combinations to force their agenda, ie. discontinue the .220 in the varmit barrel but offer the .223 wssm.

The short mags and super-shorts require less raw material to produce the finished good. The military went to the .308 from the '06 because there was little difference, and more .308s could be produced out of the same pile of brass and lead than .30-06's.

The same is true with the rifles themselves, it may not seem like a big deal when comparing a short action to a standard action, but after you produce 1000 short action recievers out of the same pile of steel you could only get 850 larger '06 length models, the company sees profit in short actions and will market accordingly. Shorter actions also require shorter cuts and milling operations = more cuts per bit / blade and less time spent cutting

Similar to the lumber-yard 2 x 4 that is really 1.5" x 3.5", For practical applications, the result is the same, but more cost effective to produce.

As has been said before: what's in vogue and meeting the status quo.

That all makes sense, but I'd add that with a finite marketplace, once you've sold a certain number of any caliber you've probably reached market saturation and therefore have to find a way to induce the market to purchase new rifles.

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