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8x57mm Rheinmetall


8x57mm Rheinmetall is a experimental cartridge that was developed as part of the Next Generation Soldier Weapon program held in Germany. It was ultimately not adopted due to its immense recoil and the outdated ergonomics of the weapon it was chambered in.

It has been adopted by small wealthy nations however for snipers and anti-vehicle duties.


Ammunition Type Damage Bullet Velocity (m/s) Barrier Penetration
XM11 Ball 26 1000 5.6
XM51 Match 29.7 1034 1.6
XM31 AP 21 1211 9.6

Note: Barrier penetration represents the rounds ability to go through walls and barriers. Armor piercing represents the rounds ability to penetrate body armor plates.