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FEATURE | CARTRIDGE

Since all shooting was off-hand standing, anticipating the recoil could be a factor. A recoilshy friend, Neal Rice, shot a Remington 7mm
BR round in his rifle. Using bullets nearly as
long as the cartridge case they were launched
at about 2,200 fps. You could almost time them
with a stopwatch on the way to the 500-meter
target. They were low recoil and accurate, but
with a mortar round-like trajectory and once
in a while the 500-meter, 54-pound steel ram
would not be impressed and not fall over when
hit which is required to score.
The .30-'06 was the premier U.S. military
round right up to 1960, when the military
adopted the 7.62x51mm NATO round (close
cousin to .308 Win.). Fired in combat the world
over, used in all types of high-powered rifle
matches the .30-'06 did it all-and it's still a
popular hunting caliber today.
But due to NATO concerns over fear of
another war in Europe, thanks to our Russian
"friends" things had to be made more combat
compatible between NATO nations. Thus,
faster and higher-capacity individual troop
rifles were needed. Different calibers were
tried by the U.S. and its NATO partners, but at
that time the best was 7.62x51mm NATO.

The 7.62x51mm round, when adopted by the
U.S. from the earlier French FAL, met NATO
requirements for compatibility in the event of
a major war. Like today's love affair with the
"new" 6.5s, back then the .308 Win. became
the darling for gun writers and shooters at the
time. Gun owners could not read enough about
it. Generally, all the rifles for commercial use
in the U.S. including clones are chambered for
.308 Win. and will handle 7.62mm ammo and
vice-versa. I never had a problem crossing each
into any like-chambered, good-quality rifle.
The new .308 Win. set High Power Rifle
competition records of all kinds the world over.
It also proved a very effective hunting round
even at a tiny 80 to 150 fps slower than the
harder kicking and slightly less accurate (due to
cartridge case volume) .30-'06. The 7.62x51mm
became the new go-to round for the M14 battle
rifle, the beloved M-60 light machine gun and
now in the M-240 LMG.
In big team military matches, the 7.62 NATO
M14 saw great use for the National Match
Course, as well as out to 1,000 yards with
iron sights. Now rare, original National Match
military rifles used an epoxy impregnated
straight grain wood stock with glass bedding,
gas-gauged match barrels, locked-up gas
system, reamed flash suppressor, lockedin-place op rod guide loop, tweaked

Black Hills Ammunition's
.338 Lapua Mag. load
features a 250-grain Sierra
MatchKing hollow poing
boat tail bullet, and boasts
2,860 fps muzzle velocity.

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