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Old December 19, 2019, 01:07 PM   #6
T. O'Heir
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"...the 7.62X51 and the M14 were failed experiments..." The latter exists due to the former. Although it might be the other way. Both were American ideas at a time when everybody was working on a smaller calibre cartridge for use in Europe.
The .280 Enfield, for example. Basically a 7mm designed specifically for European battle fields. The U.S., however decided the 7.62x51 would be the NATO cartridge and threatened to leave NATO if it wasn't adopted.
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