Ummmmm.....I'd really have to see those test results. One of the 7.62's biggest advantages is superior penetration. What is cover for 5.56 is only concealment for 7.62. Trees, bricks, concrete, steel plate are all penetrated FAR better by 7.62 in my humble experience.Originally posted by spock:
In penetration tests on steel plates, there is no real noticable difference.
The best story I have is from when I left two friends "new" to shooting unsupervised after they demonstrated they could safely operate my HK91 and HK93. I left them to shoot at paper targets and was loading mags for my HK53 (yeah, I'm a HK fan) when I began to hear "BANGTINK" instead of just "BANG". Bored with paper targets, they had transitioned to the steel reactives. Screaming "CEASE FIRE!!!", I range walked over to them and informed them that we do not shoot the pistol targets with rifles.
Expecting the worst, I went down and inspected the plates. The 5.56 hits left nice splatter marks but did not even dent the plates. There were several very neat 7.62 holes completely through the plates.
Man, those things are expensive!
But, in no way, shape, or form does a 5.56 have anything close to the penetrative power of a 7.62.
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