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Old October 9, 2012, 09:18 PM   #3
Mike Irwin
Join Date: April 13, 2000
Location: Northern Virginia
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Annulus color did mean something, even in the 8mm Lebel round, but it was apparently a fairly haphazard system until it was formalized with the adoption of the 7.5mm round in the 1920s.

According to my guide, brass/bronze colored bullets indicated ball ammunition, a blackened jacket indicated armor piercing, and a tinned (silver, I guess) color indicated tracer ammo, and a combination of varying bullet tip and primer annulus colors could mean... well, lots of different things.

As far as I know, though, the French never developed an explosive bullet for the 8mm Lebel.
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