Killertomato wrote:Lead musket balls were the finest projectile in the world until they were superceded by something better.
Depends on the model gun and time period we're looking at.
Old English longbows were more accurate, had longer range and was capable of indirect fire, they were considered better than most arquebus' and early muskets until barrel rifling and the flintlock were common.
Regardless, it's more political nature than military experience what gets chosen and why. Britain and alot of the commonweath armies would have looked alot different had the British parliament not pushed for American calbire's and designs (And from reading up some of their journals, saved alot of heartbreak and frustration.).
And once again, there was a pretty massive push towards 7.62 in NZ and AU soldiers, especially after Afganistan, it's why we switched back to 7.62 on our military, and is probably why the new rifles come with heaver supecharged 5.56's to try and offset some of the complaints that's it's had.