Substituting Other mm Ammunition

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Ideally, a sniper fires only match-grade ammunition from the same lot. But what happens when, in a pinch, no match ammo is available?

Although there will be a decline in accuracy, your rifle is capable of firing any NATO-

standard 7.62x51mm cartridge. These Western military rounds display a special interoperability circle-and-crosshair symbol on their base, which should be easy for a sniper to remember. Also note that several European countries describe boat-tail bullets as "streamlined," a term found on some ammo packaging.

Beyond interoperabiJity, you also must take into account that these bullets are not the same weight as yours, and they'll fly at a different velocity, resulting in a different trajectory.

Take the U.S. M80 7.62mm ball, for example. It was designed for the M14 rifle and comes

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