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Penetration tech: BAE Systems' new ammo for Our Boys and Girls

Matt Bryant Silver badge

Re: Jason 7

"....the old .303 rounds sometimes had a wooden filler in the bullet...." True. The design of the .303 British Ml VII round was in response to the French "Balle D" round, which was the first military rifle round that gave up a round nose for the more pointed style common today, giving higher velocity and better long-range performance. However, the British had a lot of experience fighting colonial wars and wanted a bullet that didn't just punch a small hole and narrow wound channel straight through a man, but something that did damage more akin to the hand-made "Dum Dum" bullets the British soldiers made in India. The problem was The Hague Convention outlawed "explosive" expanding bullets like the Dum Dums. So the British came up with a fully-jacketed bullet that was stable in flight, but would deflect upon impact and even tumble when passing through a man, creating a much more damaging wound channel, and expanding more energy in the target. To do so, they created a bullet with the majority of its weight to the rear by making the inside of the tip hollow. Worried that this might get them in trouble with the Convention, they made some with steam-treated wood pulp in the tip, some with cellulose, and the majority with aluminium. The resulting round was infamous for its wounding capability.

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