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Old September 12, 2000, 01:25 AM   #1
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There are sites online selling surplus 308 AP BULLETS.

Now, I heard that 308 is considered a pistol caliber (waiting for the concealed carry revolver, myself ) and making AP ammo for it is verboten.

However, are the BULLETS grandfathered? Is assembling them into ammo illegal?

I'm not up to anything nefarious. May want to experiment with them in a rifle in the far-off future - if I ever have somewhere to shoot at steel things, and ONLY acquiring the stuff if it's legal.


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Old September 12, 2000, 07:03 PM   #2
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I’ve seen the advertisements and wondered on the legality myself. One of the many pleasant shooting memories of my youth was making big rocks into small rocks with surplus ’06 AP and a 1917 Enfield. I hope someone here knows the answer.
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Old September 12, 2000, 08:23 PM   #3
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To the best of my understanding a certain un-named congresswoman, slid a rider on a bill, last fall, that effectively prohibits the sale from demillers of AP, API, and APIT to the distributors/resellers. Our tax dollars "at work" will be used to totally destroy any "new" surplus AP, API, APIT, at a cost that defies logic. Anything that remains in the pipeline is all that is left. When the pipeline's empty it's all gone. Currently anything still available is grandfathered and okay to purchase by the public. Get 'em while you can. This info comes from TNW.
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Old September 12, 2000, 08:42 PM   #4
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.308 is usually a rifle caliber. The .308 bullets are from 30-06 cartidges but may be loaded in 30-06 or .308 or 300 Win Mag if you desire. As of now, if you can buy it its legal unless your state has a prohibition on AP. Be advised, the .30 cal 173 gr bullets pulled from 30-06 require a 1:10 twist due to their length. A slower twist won't stabilize them and probably won't be as accurate.
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Old September 13, 2000, 12:01 AM   #5
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For the record, although everyone reading this forum knows full well that 308 is a rifle caliber. . . . .

the BATF lists it in with pistol calibers, along with the 7.62x39.

The interpretation of "primarily pistol caliber" becamse "used in even a single pistol".


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