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After the projectile leaves the barrel the pressure drops, allowing the cartridge case to contract slightly easing its removal from the chamber.Automatic and semiautomatic firearms, which extract and eject the case automatically as a part of their operating cycle, sometimes damage the case in the process of ejection.Most high-powered firearms have relatively small projectiles moving at high speeds.

For example, the .50-90 Sharps is a .50 caliber bullet (.512) with a nominal charge of 90 grains (5.8 g) of black powder with a case length of 2.50 inches (64 mm).

Cartridge nomenclature is inconsistent and must be carefully considered.

A minor deviation in any of these specifications could result in damage to the firearm, and in extreme cases injury or death of the user.

The diameter of a bullet is measured either as a decimal fraction of an inch, or in millimeters.

This is incorrect; "bullet" refers specifically to the projectile itself, not the entire cartridge.

The cartridge case seals a firing chamber in all directions except down the bore. A jet of burning gas from the primer ignites the powder.The .38 Special actually has a bullet diameter of 0.357 inches (9.1 mm) (jacketed) or 0.358 inches (9.1 mm) (lead) while the case has a nominal diameter of 0.380 inches (9.7 mm) to allow the projectile to fit within a case with a wall thickness of half of the 23/1000 of an inch difference.The .357 Magnum is a direct evolution of the .38 Special, but differently named, and no reference is made to the longer case except by the name 'Magnum'.All current firearms are either rimfire or centerfire (rimmed and rimless).US military small arms suppliers are still trying to perfect electronic firing, which replaces the conventional firing pin and primer with an electrical ignition system wherein an electrical charge ignites the primer.The .30-06 rifle round is a (nominally) .30 inches (7.6 mm) caliber round designed in 1906; and the .303 British chamber and bore may vary greatly in actual dimensions.

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