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Old December 27, 2006, 03:58 AM   #1
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Ishapore 2A and remanufactured ammo, 7.62 vs .308

I got my C&R lisence and promptly ordered and recieved a nice Ishy2A completely covered with crapy black paint and cosmoline. It cleaned up to a nice rifle but now I have to feed it.

I researched on an Enfield site and became aware of the difference between 7.62 NATO and commercial .308. I posed this thread/question there too.

Does anyone know or have any experience with using remanufactured ammo in 7.62 NATO chambered rifles? Any thoughts or comments will be welcome. I am going to be cautious and not use .308.

I don't reload due to time and space constraints, seven kids and 70 big and little fingers.

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Old December 27, 2006, 11:31 PM   #2
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I just did the same thing with my C&R. The Ishy has to be the ugliest rifle I have ever purchased. Lots of mineral spirits, Simple Green and steel wool and it now looks okay. At least I'm not embarrased to hold it. I really don't believe there is much of a difference between 308 and 7.62 Nato. In any case I'm shooting the same ammo in my Ishy as I was in my DPMS .308 and my 550 CZ. I do not purchase factory ammo so I cannot address that issue but the stuff I reload is 168 gr. at 2700 FPS and it works great in the Ishy. 50 rounds so far an they all worked great with no pressure indicators.
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Old December 28, 2006, 09:54 PM   #3
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If you can get your hands on the South African 7.62 mil surp(aim usually has it or check gunboker) then it will work great! Also midway just had some Lake City I think on sale as well. I have only ran mil surp through mine and have not tried out any .308 but you shouldn't have a problem. Also, ATI makes a nice synthetic stock for the enfields that really helps "dress up" the appearance if you want to ditch the factory stock.
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Old December 29, 2006, 02:03 PM   #4
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Thank you gentlemen,

I am in bush Alaska so everything comes in by air frieght, plus haz-mat fees. It looks like a reloading proposition. I realy do need to reload any way. There is a way!

If you haven't found it already there is a good site;

the Enfield forum.

It sounds like the 7.62/.308 has been discussed since the rounds were first made. From what I have found is that the .308 is/can be 12 000 psi higher than 7.62. The case dimensions at the shoulder and brass thickness-which translates to powder capacity are also different.

Thanks again
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