The starting package for the M46 is the "M26 Package" with the 90mm M3 160/240 dmg. While the M103 starts off with the T5E1 105mm doing 198/320 dmg.
I feel that if the starting package should be changed to the T15E2M2 90mm gun. It does 180/240 dmg, while damage remains the same, the increase in penetration makes a huge difference.
The first upgrade should be the T5E1 105mm gun which does a bit more damage and penetration (198/320 dmg). This makes the upgrade package's "development" more linear as the final upgrade package is the T5E1M2 which does 218/390 dmg.
As it currently stands the starting package and the first upgrade make the M46 Patton a support and spotting tank at best. The starting package makes combat against tier 8 and up difficult and being a tier IX tank, the M46 faces very heavily armored opponents.
The grind to the final package was to say the least a pain. The characteristics of the tank change immensely after acquiring the final upgrade.
The Patton suffers from having weak initial guns and as a result makes playing more painful than a joy.
These are my personal thoughts on the package set up of the M46 Patton, feel free to disagree, but please state a reason. Thanks for reading.
Edited by The Perception, 30 October 2013 - 02:19 PM.