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This paper presents new results on dynamic neck evolution in steel bars of varying diameters. Dynamic tensile tests were carried out in a Kolsky apparatus using cylindrical steel specimens with various cross-section diameters ranging from 1.5 mm to 4 mm. A high speed digital camera was used to record the deformation of the specimen during the loading process. Video recording of the tests enabled accurate experimental measurements of the necking evolution, specifically its growth rate as a function of the diameter. The experiments show that increasing the specimen cross-section slows down the neck development. This behavior has been further investigated using two different kinds of numerical calculations: (1) axisymmetric finite element simulations and (2) one-dimensional finite difference computations.