Performance of 7.62mm Ablative Ammunition.
Final rept. Jun 70-Jun 71,
CORNELL AERONAUTICAL LAB INC BUFFALO NY
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A study is reported in which standard NATO 7.62mm ammunition with and without ablative fluid modification, was tested for effects on barrel temperatures and erosion. This modified ammunition is characterized by a Neoprene capsule containing silicone fluid ablator placed within the case in front of a precompressed propellant charge. Rapid-fire tests of 2800 standard and 2800 ablative rounds were conducted using the M60 machine gun utilizing barrels machined to the dimensions of those used in the 7.62mm Minigun but having no liner or chrome plating. After preliminary testing, 2800 ablative rounds were fired in schedules of 700 rounds without gun malfunction. Failure of the barrels by either yaw or velocity criteria was not observed for either standard or ablative ammunition. Author
- Ammunition and Explosives