303 British

The .303 British was manufactured as a stop-gap black powder round put into service in late 1888 for the Lee-Metford rifle. The cartridge was changed to use smokeless powder in 1891 which was the intention from the outset. The .303 British was the standard British and Commonwealth military cartridge for rifles and machine guns from 1889 until the 1950s when it was replaced by 7.62×51 NATO.

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