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I assume you are asking about US 7.62mm NATO ? If so, then the answer is no. There is no such thing as "MG" ammo and "other" ammo. Ammo that's packaged in links can be accepted with a larger maximum accuracy standard, but that's the only difference. Even then, it does not necessarily mean that a given lot of linked ammo will necessarily be less accurate because the accuracy spec is a maximum.

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i don't believe thi is true. back in the day i had a buddy that had access to the m60 range on ft. lewis. back then when there was a jam the practice was to drop the partial belt a run a new one. i picked up several partial belts a later stripped and shot the rounds in my supermatch and in an hk91. no felt difference in recoil from that and issue ammo. there was a difference between all usgi ammo and commercial fodder. i attributed this to the milspec brass being thicker and softer.
 

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no m80 ball is this

Type Classification:
STD - MSR 07798001.
Use:
Machine Guns, 7.62mm, M60, M219 and M240; and
Rifle, 7.62mm, M14. The cartridge is intended for use
against personnel and unarmored targets.
Description:
BALL Cartridge. This cartridge is identified by a plain
bullet tip.
Tabulated Data:
DODAC........................ 1305-A122
UNO serial number ..... 0012
UNO proper shipping
name ....................... Cartridges for
weapons, inert projectile
Weight ........................ 392 gr
Length.......................... 2.8 in. (71.1 mm)
Tracer .......................... NA
Primer ......................... Percussion
Fuze ............................ NA
Explosive:
Type ........................ NA
Weight ..................... NA
Incendiary:
Type ........................ NA
Weight ..................... NA
Propellant:
Type ........................ WC 846
Weight ..................... 46 gr
Projectile:
Weight ..................... 146 gr
Performance:
Chamber pressure ....... 50,000)() psi
Velocity ....................... 27501) fps, 78 ft from
muzzle
Shipping

notice it says for m240 m60 and m14
 

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No difference.
I am still shooting RA 68 that I de-linked 40 years ago. Sure was nice to pick up cans of surplus then for a song.
 

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I lost all of my rifles & handguns in a mishap on Rio Grande when the barge hit a sandbar and sank.
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I know that I'm late to the party, but.

It's a very common misconception that machine gun ammunition is loaded any hotter than standard M80 ball rifle ammunition, or the"Hot Stuff". All 7.62x51mm is the same, loaded from the same type machines, it's just been either linked or put into a cardboard box or even onto strippers clips! Now that's a big difference to talk about. Match ammunition is loaded from a completely different set of NATO spec's.

Now to delinking, the slow way...

1. Get yourself a large soft chair, place in front of TV.
2. Get yourself a pair of leather gloves heavy type.
3. Get yourself two ammo cans, one on each side of the chair.
4. Sit and watch TV as you push the rounds out the back of each link.
5. Place the round in one can and the unused link in the other.

The faster way...

1. Put the belted ammunition in your M60/SAW or Ma Deuce and put the trigger.
2. Pick up links and put in can on right.
3. Pick up brass and place in can on left.

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I know that I'm late to the party, but. Match ammunition is loaded from a completely different set of NATO spec's.
As far as I know Match Ammo as we know it, was only loaded by two counties. The USA and Israel. The US Match ammo production was loaded on seperate machines, not your std line ammo production machinery. I don't know how it was done in Israel, but I suspect it was done the same as here in the US.

Ray, might know more about as he has a Israeli friend?
 

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Match is this

Type Classification:
STD - MSR 09816009.
Use:
Rifle, 7.62 mm, M14, NATIONAL MATCH. The
cartridge is intended and specifically prepared for use in
those weapons designated as competitive rifles and also
for marksmanship training. The cartridge is not for
combat use.
Description:
MATCH Cartridge. The cartridge is identified by
the cartridge case head stamping of MATCH. It also
has a knurl at the base of the cartridge case and a
hollow point bullet.
Tabulated Data:
DODAC........................................... 1305-A171
UNO serial number ......................... 0012
UNO proper shipping
name .......................................... Cartridges for
weapons, inert projectile
Weight ........................................... 385 gr
Length............................................. 2.83 in. (71.9 mm)
Tracer- ..............................................NA
Primer ..............................................Percussion
Fuze .................................................NA
Explosive:
Type .............................................NA
Weight ..........................................NA
Incendiary:
Type .............................................NA
Weight ..........................................NA
Propellant:
Type .............................................IMR 4895
Weight ..........................................42 gr
Bullet:
Type .............................................Hollow point
Weight ..........................................168 gr
Performance:
Chamber pressure ............................50,000 psi
Velocity ............................................2550 fps, 772 nips
 

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While this is true with most countries that use M80 NATO spec ,never assume anything when it comes to ammo from countries where ya wouldn't drink the water.

Then again , the water at the base in Sicily was pretty bad.
 
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