Depleted uranium rounds

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Depleted uranium rounds (DU) are high caliber bullets where the penetrator is formed from uranium with a lower content of fissile U-235 isotope. As depleted uranium is 1.67 times denser than lead, slightly below tungsten and gold, and just 16% lower than the density of the rare osmium or iridium (the densest substances on Earth in normal pressures), it has been adopted by the United States military as an armor penetrating round: At the same weight, a DU projectile is smaller than an equivalent lead projectile, resulting in better aerodynamic properties and improved penetration due to greater concentration of penetrative power at a given point.

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  1. The Vault Dweller: "{104}{}{What can you tell me about a water chip?}"
    Jake: "{114}{}{Man, you do like the rare stuff! Where were you when I was selling some depleted uranium rounds a few years back? I don't do chips, though. Ain't a market in it. Anything else?}"
    (HUBJAKE.MSG)