6.8 x 51 NGSW Ammo Common Cartridge Family

Ammunition development is always a ball in motion. It never stops. And right now, or at least for the last several years, there’s a demand for ammo that fits the sweet spot between 5.56 and 7.62. Why? Because what we need from our ammo now is different from what we needed in the middle of the 20th century. Today, we’re going to take a look at the 6.8 x 51 NGSW ammo common cartridge family. 

6.8 x 51mm cartridges

6.8 x 51 Benefits

This cartridge is an intermediate between standard 5.56mm and 7.62mm in bore diameter, and is designed to offer several benefits.

  • Better ballistics and terminal performance than 5.56mm.
  • Longer effective range.
  • Able to withstand higher pressures.
  • Higher pressures increase penetration.
  • More effective against body armor than 5.56mm.
  • Lighter weight than 7.62mm.
Stephanie Kimmell is the firstborn daughter of Missouri's Pecan King, worthy scion of a Vietnam veteran sailor turned mad engineer-orchardist-inventor-genius. With a BA in technical writing, she freelances as a writer and editor. A Zymurgist greatly interested in the decoction of fermented barley and hops, she is in many ways a modern amalgam of Esther Hobart Morris, Rebecca Boone, and Nellie Bly. She hunts, fishes, butchers, and cooks most anything. When not editing or writing, she makes soaps and salves, spins wool, and occasionally makes cheese from cows she milked herself. Kimmell is a driven epistemophilic who loves live music and all sorts of beer.

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