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The three amigos

This is who I used for the test of the German 7.62 NATO "Ubuengs" ammuntion. Our Fulton Armory M21 (the one I built from their barreled action and a CMP M14 parts kit), our FN Israeli Mauser, and our Spanish FR-8 Mauser.

Short answer - the longer the barrel, the better the performance. It will not cycle the semi-auto(which I knew already) but is good for plinking, close-in practice for accuracy and form, and I don't know about at range. I was shooting at steel targets and couldn't tell how I was doing - they don't ring much when hit with plastic bullets. I'll have to put out a paper target and see how accuracy holds up out at 130m.
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I would have almost the exact same rifle types to test with, except my M-14 clone was made by Federal Ordnance.

And my Israeli is nowhere near as pretty.
 
A question, if you have the time....

I would assume that you are talking about shooting the plastic training ammo from a couple of posts ago. Does that in fact shoot a projectile downrange, as your comment about "ringing the target" implies? I had assumed from a casual look at the picture, and the one fired sample in my collection (admittedly may not be the exact same), that these rounds were more or less blanks.
 
 Madman - I would bet that if you look at your sample, it is in fact dark green in color?  That *is* a blank.  

The blue plastic (in my epxerience) rounds do have bullets, and are intended for indoor and the short outdoor ranges the Germans (and other armies, I'm sure) have on their kasernes.  They have a max range of about 400m, but don't have much accuracy past about 50 (and that's probably being generous).  They're *very* sensitive to wind, as you might imagine.

Clearly, I need to pull one apart.   
 
Mmmm, no, it's actually red, and dimensionally equivalent to a .30-06 cartridge. No headstamp on the steel head. It's not in the US military ID section of COTW, but this website identifies it as a Norwegian blank round:

http://cartridgecollectors.org/?page=introduction-to-30-06-cartridges
 
 That's a new one to me!