The 8mm Lebel cartridge was the world’s first small-bore (as per late 19th century standards) military round that was loaded with smokeless powder. Adopted by French army in 1886, it served as a primary rifle and machine gun round in French army until mid-1930s, and for much longer period in French colonies. It was used in bolt-action and semi-automatic rifles and some machine guns, all of French origins. Today this round is completely obsolete.
|Designation||Bullet weight, g||Muzzle velocity, m/s||Muzzle energy, J||Comments|
|Balle M||15||632||2995||with round-nose FMJ bullet|
|Balle D||12.7||725||3350||with pointed boat-tailed FMJ bullet, made of solid brass|
|Balle N||15||690||3570||with pointed boat-tailed FMJ bullet, for Hotchkiss machine guns|