8x56 RS Mannlicher Ammo

Adopted in 1930 by Austria, 1931 by Hungary, and 1934 by Bulgaria, the 8x56mm RS Mannlicher cartridge was originally designed for the M30 machine gun. Eventually, the Steyr-Mannlicher M1895 and 35M rifles were also adapted to fire 8x56mm RS Mannlicher ammo. These rifles served with the cartridge until 1945.

While not the most commonly available, 8x56mm RS Mannlicher ammo is still made by Hornady and Prvi Partizan. Soft point bullets enable this round to perform well against a variety of deer and other game, producing strong expansion for a quick kill without excessive fragmentation and meat loss.

A typical round of 8.56mm RS Mannlicher ammunition fires a heavy 200 grain bullet at a muzzle velocity of approximately 2,300 feet per second.

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