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nagib otayek
May 22, 2007, 12:52 PM
I have been considering the idea of buying a bolt action rifle in 308 . But some friends have told they are not compatible and that ejecting the 7.62 would be a problem. I understand that military ball is loaded to higher pressure than commercial. If I pull out the bullet and reload to commercial ammo specifications, would the problem persists? What about safety? I have an illimited supply of Nato ammo.:rolleyes:

May 22, 2007, 12:56 PM
Actually, 7.62X51 NATO is loaded to lower pressures than commercial .308 Win, so there is no problem shooting military ammo in a commercial .308-chambered rifle, but don't shoot commercial ammo in 7.62X51 chambered guns. Just don't use military brass for reloading unless you reduce loads.

.223 Rem vs. 5.56 NATO is just the opposite, shooting military ammo in commercial .223 cahambers can cause problems (due to throating differences).

May 22, 2007, 12:57 PM
I'd shoot it as is. I've shot 1000's of military 7.62, thru my bolt action Savage with no problems.

May 22, 2007, 01:29 PM
Most manufactureres ream the chamber to be compatible with nato and sami specs these days. When in doubt, check with the manufacturer.

May 22, 2007, 07:22 PM
I have used MIL-SPEC ammo.
And I reload MIL-SPEC brass.
5.56 & 7.62. All good.:D
As stated above. Use a lower charge on the reload. About 1 gn.
The brass is thicker. Will last longer. The case capacity is lower.
I have some 5.56, 10-20 reloads.
All good.
Check out the Savage 10FP or model 12.
10FP for around $550.00.
I getting 1" groups at 200 yds.:D

Trapper L
May 22, 2007, 07:33 PM
From an armorer:

Make sure to also read page two. Your gun, your decision.

May 22, 2007, 08:09 PM
Listen to Scorch - he's dead on. :)