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Winchester Ammunition has once again won big. The company will be producing the Army’s 7.62mm cartridge at the Lake City Army Ammunition Plant.

This contract is worth $13 million and requires that Winchester handle the entire manufacturing process. This contract is just one part of a larger $8 billion contract from the government. The government is contracting Winchester to make this ammo and more at the Lake City Army Ammunition Plant in Missouri.

The facility this ammo is being produced in is owned by the Federal Government and Winchester is being contracted to run the facility as other companies have been contracted to in the past.

This ammunition is going to be used by the Army up until it is replaced alongside its current standard arms for the new weapon systems it is running trials for. The new firearms the Army is looking for will be chambered in the 6.8mm cartridge and it is likely that Winchester will be helping to manufacture that cartridge as well.

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Gene Ralno
Gene Ralno
6 months ago

I follow this subject casually but understand the 6.8 doesn’t pack the punch of the 7.62 NATO cartridge. On the other hand, it’s lighter and more controllable because it delivers less recoil. Infantrymen also are able to carry more than is possible with the 7.62 round.

6 months ago
Reply to  Gene Ralno

IIRC the 6.8 packs most of the punch of the 7.62, and is ballistically more efficient.

6 months ago

The 7.62 ammo is basically used as machine gun and Gatling gun ammo, the 5.56 is what most of the soldiers use, snipers will use 7.62 or 338 lapua.

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