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The 8x50mmR Lebel was developed in 1886 for the French military M1886 Lebel rifle. This was one of the earliest smokeless powder (French smokeless powder was at the forefront of propellant technology and was known as Poudre B) rounds developed and the first round to use the spitzer bullet shape with a boat tail profile at the rear. This was known as 'Balle D' and fitted after 1898. The early Lebel rifles had a tube magazine, so the base of the case had a circular groove around the primer pocket to catch the tip of the spitzer bullet head and prevent accidental striking of the primer. This groove is still present on Lebel cases. The case shape is strongly tapered with rimmed base and is bottle necked, as the round was originally based on the 11mm Gras black powder military rifle cartridge. The round's almost conical shape prevented efficient stacking in a vertical magazine like those found in the Mauser and Lee Enfield rifle. This drawback also made feeding in machine guns difficult and magazines were developed with a curvature to accommodate the round. The 8x50mmR round remained in use with the Lebel military issue rifle, Berthier rifle and Chauchat machine gun but was declared obsolete after WW1 and replaced by the 7.5x54 round. The round is made with a brass case and 200gr copper FMJ head. Price is for ONE round only. Rounds may only travel with courier.
The size of the round compared to a coin.
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