NATO 7.62x51mm

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  • Wet-tumbled/polished, once fired NATO 7.62x51mm rifle brass
  • May include a variety of manufacturers and headstamps, including military brass that typically will have crimped primers
  • Spent primers will still be intact in the cases and must be removed before beginning the reloading process
  • Extra brass cases will be included to make up for any stray calibers, unusable pieces, or other cosmetic defects that may slip through our screening process 
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7.62x51mm NATO

7.62x51mm NATO (other times referred to as 7.62 NATO, 7.62mm) is a bottlenecked, rimless rifle cartridge. It is a standard for small arms among the countries that are part of NATO. 7.62x51mm NATO was developed in the 1950s and was first introduced the United States service for the M60 machine gun and the m14 rifle. There are various marksman rifles/snipers and medium machine gun platforms that support the 7.62x51mm NATO cartridge. Military personnel still use 7.62x51mm NATO to this day on mounted and crew-served weapons that are mounted to ships, vehicles, and aircrafts. 7.62x51mm NATO came to be when similar cartridges that predate it proved difficult to adapt to a semi/full automatic rifle platform. 

Although it isn’t ideal in all environments (specifically jungle warfare) 7.62x51mm NATO was able to stay in military service around the world based on several factors. 7.62x51mm NATO has proven time after time to be more effective than similar smaller rifle cartridges especially at long range (hence it becoming a popular sniping round). When used as a sniper cartridge 7.62x51mm NATO is typically loaded as a specialty round. A specialized 7.62x51mm NATO load uses a heavier and more streamlined bullet that has a higher ballistic coefficient than standard ball rounds. This works because it sheds velocity at longer ranges more gradually, this is important because dropping from supersonic to transonic speeds impact the flight of the bullet which affects accuracy. The standard bullet weight of a 7.62x51mm NATO load is 147 grains, and the standard weight when loading for sniper cartridges is 175 grains. It should be noted, especially in the reloading community that 7.62x51mm NATO is produced in both boxer and berdan primers (berdan being more common in “foreign” ammo manufactures). As a company East Coast Reloading Supplies does the tedious job of checking each individual piece of 7.62x51mm NATO brass to eliminate the berdan primers from the mix. This saves reloaders not only time but also money when factoring broken pins while decapping your once fired brass. Since 7.62x51mm NATO has been around for so long and still has a huge market today, there is typically an abundance of once fired brass available to the reloading community.

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