I'm certainly not advocating Robinson dedicate resources to it (at least not until I get my 7.62 and 6.5 conversions ;D), but it wouldn't be bad if unchambered barrels were available for those willing to put in the time and money for experimentation. The 6.8 and to a significant extent the 6.5 were developed not by large companies' R&D departments, but by dedicated enthusiasts and small, innovative companies. I think the 6.8 and 6.5 are both great, but I think there is still room for improvement. No offense to the 6.8 fans, but the 6.5G, 260 Rem, 6.5 Creedmore, etc.-and the 6.5x55 for that matter -have pretty clearly established that there is something special about the 6.5 bore, and you don't really give up anything of consequence to the 6.8. Totally new magazines, bolts and brass are a big drawback and if the same performance can be squeezed out of a cartridge based on the 5.56, only the barrel would need to be changed. I don't know enough to know what the limiting factor ultimately is; the DI system lacks adjustability and the AR bolt seems weak. If 5.56 brass could withstand a pressure increase, an adjustable piston AR or an XCR might squeeze 6.5G performance out of a 5.56 based case. If the brass is a limiting factor, it could be strengthened by either reducing internal volume (like the 45 Super) or increasing the outside diameter, but not so much that it would no longer function out of a 5.56 magazine. It might not even be necessary to change the pressure or brass, it really depends on what is necessary to acheive the desired velocity. I might really be talking out of my a**, I would think Bill Alexander and the guys who developed the 6.8 probably tried it. I just think that the less that has to be changed, the better the chance that the military, or at least the commercial industry would really get behind it and turn it into a huge success. I've never been a fan of the 5.56 or the AR, but it's what we're stuck with as a starting platform.