.30 caliber

SSA 7.62mm 143gr AP rifle cartridge, bullet

The 7.62 mm caliber is a nominal caliber used for a number of different cartridges. Historically, this class of cartridge was commonly known as .30 caliber, the imperial unit equivalent, and was most commonly used for indicating a class of full-power military main battle rifle (MBR) cartridges. The measurement equals 0.30 inches or three decimal lines, written .3″ and read as three-line.[1]

The 7.62 mm designation refers to the internal diameter of the barrel at the lands (the raised helical ridges in rifled gun barrels). The actual bullet caliber is often 7.82 mm (0.308 in), although Soviet weapons commonly use a 7.91 mm (0.311 in) bullet, as do older British (.303 British) and Japanese cartridges.

Pistol cartridges in 7.62 mm caliber[]

Many pistol cartridges are in this caliber; the most common are:

Revolver cartridges in 7.62 mm caliber[]

Some of the revolver cartridges in this caliber are:

Rifle cartridges in 7.62 mm caliber[]

The most common and historical rifle cartridges in this caliber are:

See also[]


  1. ^ Holt Bodinson: The old Three-Line: still a great value, Guns Magazine, Nov, 2006
  2. ^ 30TCArchived 2011-09-24 at the Wayback Machine