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Actually there were three different japanese 7.7mm rounds

Similar if not matching case dimensions too.

But one was rimmed and matched the .303 British, (used in the cockpit/nose 'vickers' guns of IJN aircraft like the Zero), one was semi-rimmed and one was rimless.

I think the type 99 fired the 7.7mm rimless round.

I think the ballistics of all three were the same, too!

The 99 and its 6.5mm predecessor are accurate rifles, as they are based on a Mauser action. Stock quality and finish tended to be poorer as the war went on.

Imagine the poor Japanese supply guys ???!!! making sure to send the right rounds to the right platoon, company or battalion. Nightmare.


Tim Bailey

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