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Old February 11, 2020, 16:16   #1
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High End Intermediate Cartridge Showdown

These are rounds that are basically intermediate between like the 6.5mm Creedmoor and 7.62mm NATO/.308 Winchester in power and performance.

First is the .280 British (7x43mm) designed for the Enfield EM-2 rifle and Taden LMG. Killed off when the .308 was adopted as the 7.62mm NATO

Second is the .276 Pedersen (noted either as 7x51mm or 7x52mm) designed for prototype versions of what would become the M1 Garand and Pedersen semi-auto rifles, but what abandoned when General Douglas MacArthur recommended retaining the .30-06 Springfield.

Third is the 7.35x52mm (also called 7.35x51mm) Carcano developed in the 1930s to replace the 6.5x52mm Carcano, and based on the same shell casing necked up to take a 7.35mm (.298) bullet.

All three rounds have similar ballastic performance, and can be described as high powered intermediate rounds that were much more powerful than say a 5.56mm NATO or 7.62x39mm, but not as powerful as say a .308 Win. or .30-06 class round.

History and specs here for the .280:



Which would be your choice?
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