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Different materials have different tensile strengths, and as such, may need to be made in different diameters, based on the strength of the material and the strength required for the given purpose.

For instance, rigging made from 304L stainless is often slightly smaller a diameter than that made from 316L stainless, because 304L stainless has a higher tensile strength.
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