8×52mmR Mannlicher

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8×52mmR Mannlicher
Type Rifle cartridge
Place of origin  Austria-Hungary
Service history
In service 1888-1890s (at least)
Used by Austria-Hungary
Production history
Designed 1888
Case type Rimmed, bottleneck
Bullet diameter 8.14 mm (0.320 in)
Neck diameter 8.93 mm (0.352 in)
Shoulder diameter 12.06 mm (0.475 in)
Base diameter 12.46 mm (0.491 in)
Rim diameter 14.08 mm (0.554 in)[1]
Rim thickness 1.46 mm (0.057 in)
Case length 52.3 mm (2.06 in)[1]
Overall length 76.05 mm (2.994 in)
Filling Black powder
Filling weight 62 grains (4.0 g)
Ballistic performance
Bullet mass/type Velocity Energy
244 gr (16 g) M88 RN 1,750 ft/s (533 m/s) 1,660 ft⋅lbf (2,250 J)
Test barrel length: 30 inches (76 cm)

The 8×52mmR Mannlicher cartridge was first introduced in 1888 for the Mannlicher M1888 rifle, an updated version of the Mannlicher M1886.[2]


The round was given the designation 8mm M.88 scharfe Patrone (8mm M88 Sharp Cartridge). It was loaded with a 244gr round nosed bullet and a 62gr charge of compressed black powder. This gave the bullet an approximate velocity of 1,750 ft/s (530 m/s) out of the M.88's 30" barrel. Many M.86 rifles were converted to accommodate this new cartridge, creating the M.86/88 and M.86/90.[1]

It was succeeded by the semi-smokeless and later (fully) smokeless powder 8×50mmR Mannlicher cartridge.


  1. ^ a b c John Walter (25 March 2006). Rifles of the World. Krause Publications. p. 609. ISBN 0-89689-241-7.
  2. ^ John Walter (25 March 2006). Rifles of the World. Krause Publications. p. 591. ISBN 0-89689-241-7.