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EFT Level 1 Trader Early Wipe Penetration Guide 0.11.7

Updated Oct 2019
Here is the ranking for all ammo that can currently be bought by LL1 traders ranked based on armor penetration chance. Also includes my recommendation per category below. Help buy the right ammo early in the wipe!
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7.62x25mm Tokarev
7.62x51mm NATO
9x21mm Gyurza
4.6x30mm HK
5.56x45mm NATO
9x19mm Parabellum
9x18mm Makarov
.366 TKM
Strong Pen (30+)

7.62x39 mm PS

Medium Pen (20-30)

5.45x39 mm T


Weak  Pen(10-20)

9x19 mm Pst gzh

9x19 mm PSO gzh

5.45x39 mm PRS

5.45x39 mm FMJ

Trash Pen(<10)

7.62x25mm TT AKBS

7.62x25mm TT FMJ43

5.56x45 mm 55 HP

9x18 mm PM PSO gzh

9x18 mm PM PRS gs

9x18 mm PM PPe gzh

9x18 mm PM 9 P gzh

9x18 mm PM 9 BZT gzh

9x18 mm PM PS gs PPO

9x18 mm PM PPT gzh

9x18 mm PM Pst gzh

12x70 Buckshot

12x70 RIP


366 TKM Geksa

4.6x30mm AP SX

4.6x30mm FMJ SX

4.6x30mm Subsonic SX

5.45x39 mm 7N39 Igolnik

5.45x39 mm BP

5.45x39 mm BS

5.45x39 mm BT

5.45x39 mm HP

5.45x39 mm PP

5.45x39 mm PS

5.45x39 mm SP

5.45x39 mm US

5.56x45 mm 55 FMJ

5.56x45 mm M855

5.56x45 mm M855A1

5.56x45 mm M856

5.56x45 mm M856A1

5.56x45 mm M995

5.56x45 mm Mk 255 Mod 0

5.56x45 mm Warmage

7.62x25mm TT LRN

7.62x25mm TT LRNPC

7.62x25mm TT P gl

7.62x25mm TT PT gzh

7.62x25mm TT Pst gzh

7.62x39 mm BP

7.62x39 mm HP

7.62x39 mm T45M

7.62x39 mm US

7.62x51 mm M61

7.62x51 mm M62

7.62x51 mm M80

7.62x54R 7N1 Sniper Cartridge

7.62x54R SNB

9x18 PM mm RG028 gzh

9x18 mm PM PBM

9x18 mm PM PMM

9x18 mm PM PSV

9x18 mm PM SP7 gzh

9x18 mm PM SP8 gzh

9x19 mm AP 6.3

9x19 mm Green Tracer

9x19 mm Luger CCI

9x19 mm RIP

9x21 mm SP10

9x21 mm SP11

9x21 mm SP12

9x21 mm SP13

9x39 mm 7N12 BP

9x39 mm 7N9 SPP

9x39 mm SP 5

9x39 mm SP 6


I broke these up purely by Penetration Power, but some of the rounds in Weak and Trash are still viable based on rate of fire: here's my best in class recommendations for each round type:

7.62x39 mm (AKM, SKS, Vepr-136) - PS 5.545x39 mm (AK74) - T 7.62x54R (Mosin) - LPS Gzh 9x19 mm (Pistols and SMGs) - Pst gzh 9x18 mm - PM PPe gzh 20x70mm (MP-133, MP-153) - Buckshot (I know it's lower than slug for pen but I think it's more reliable in early game for leg meta and taking out scavs) TT - AKBS or FMJ are both good

Don't recommend using: .366 TKM or 20x70!mm

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