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7.62 Military Surplus

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by bad LT, Sep 11, 2004.

  1. bad LT

    bad LT Well-Known Member

    I am looking for a 7.62 Military surplus bolt action rifle. My requirements are:
    1: Reliable
    2: Reasonably accurate
    3: Ability to load via stripper clips
    4: Strong action (can fire commercial 308 without blowing up)
    5: $200 price limit

    What are my options?
  2. JohnKSa

    JohnKSa Well-Known Member

    Change your requirements?

    The price limit is tough--the Ishapore Enfields will meet the price, but I don't know about accuracy...
  3. Jason Demond

    Jason Demond Well-Known Member

  4. SMLE

    SMLE Well-Known Member

    Easy, get an Ishapore made 2A1 Lee Enfield.

    The Ishy uses standard NATO 5 round strippers/chargers. Will handle any FACTORY .308 Winchester ammo. My brother has one and it is as accurate as all but the best shooter is capable of shooting. Also holds 12 rounds in the issue magazine. Scope mounts and after market stocks are avaiable as well.
  5. spartacus2002

    spartacus2002 Well-Known Member

    Does anybody have a link to these .308 Lee-Enfields?
  6. GD

    GD Well-Known Member

    I don't believe any supplier is currently selling Ishapores. I do occasionally see them at gunshows and on auction boards. Generally they are selling for $150 and up. About 5 years ago you could have had 'em for under $100. Most are pretty rough and have headspacing problems (which I have heard was by design). Wish I had gotten one when I saw a whole bunch of them at a local gunshop for $80.

    Another .308 bolt action choice is the Spanish FR8. You will be pushing the $200 limit though. They are really cool firearms. Again, you won't find a supplier with these. Usually see one at every gunshow I attend.

    Oh yea. One of the best bargains today in .30 calibre is the M39 Finnish mosin nagant. You can find them at Wholesale Guns and Ammo for well under $200. You can't find a more accurate mosin than the M39 for sale these days.... and the ammo is generally under 10 cents per round.
  7. Bwana John

    Bwana John Well-Known Member

    I got my FR-8 for $150, but they are going for ~$250 now. I second the 7.62 x 59 Russian, with M-39's going for <$80, and ammo when bought in bulk (>3k)is less than $.06 per round. (J&G sales, Prescott, AZ)
    Last edited: Sep 13, 2004
  8. SMLE

    SMLE Well-Known Member

    Last edited: Sep 12, 2004
  9. rbernie

    rbernie Well-Known Member

    The need to load via stripper clips will restrict you to sporterized MilSurp rifles (as opposed to used Savages and the like), since no civilian rifle design made provisions for speed loading. Within that genre, you'll either likely find old Mausers that have been rebarreled to 308, Ishy 2's, or the FR8. The reason I point this out is that if you're willing to give up the stripper clip requirement, you'll gain a few more choices - just none of them MilSurp.

    Within the first category, I just picked up a Century sporterized Mauser98 that Century had rebarreled to 308Win. It cost me $170 at Military Gun Supply in FtWorth, TX. Other than needed to be re-bedded or restocked (the Bishop stock's barrel channel was clearly not fit correctly) and possessing a cheap 11degree crown job (lots of chatter marks, but clean at the rifling), it looks to be a decent Mauser-action 308. You can probably find a brethern of this rifle out there, since Century did this .308 Mauser sporterization thing for a while.

    I've not seen an Ishy 308 in all my travels, and I've only seen one FR8. Interestingly, the FR8 that I saw was also at Military Gun Supply as of 2-3 weeks ago - it may still be there....
  10. JohnKSa

    JohnKSa Well-Known Member

    There may be some good Ishapore .308s out there, but all the ones I've seen could best be described as ROUGH--if you are fairly generous with your descriptions. Best check it over carefully and don't buy except in person.

    I've seen some with cleaning rod wear at the muzzle so severe that they look like smoothbores at first glance.
  11. BryanP

    BryanP Well-Known Member

    I'll second the rebarrelled Mauser 98. I have one - not a Century conversion but the same concept.

    I bought an ammo can of surplus Australian 7.62 NATO and found that unfortunately the stripper clips would not fit in the guilde on the rifle - apparently they're differently sized than the 8mm stripper clips. I may see if I can get some 8mm clips and find out if 7.62 / 308 will fit in them.
  12. BryanP

    BryanP Well-Known Member

    Here you go. Spanish Guardia Mauser in .308:


    There are some who would say that these rifles are not suited for firing stronger .308 Winchester loads. I say read this before you say that:



  13. rbernie

    rbernie Well-Known Member

    I don' t think that the small-ring Mauser are not recommended for conversion to 308 (and other high-pressure catridges) because of concerns that they're inherently weak. They're not recommended because they lack the safety lug and gas venting of the '98 and later variants.
  14. SMLE

    SMLE Well-Known Member


    You've reminded me of what it was I was trying to remember. The FR-7s were built on '95 actions while the FR-8s were built on '98 actions.
  15. rbernie

    rbernie Well-Known Member

    Indeed they were - M98 actions with CETME barrels. If you want true a MilSurp boltie in 308, it's the best choice for most folks.

    I had the choice of buying the FR8 or the sporterized M98 in 308, and I chose the M98. Since my goal was to build a true sporter on a Mauser action, the Century M98 (with commercial downturn bolt) just looked like a better place to start. After all, I don't *need* to feed from stripper clips - I've got my SKSs and Mk4No1 and Mk4No1* for that.
    Military Gun Supply also had a Spanish M95 in a sporterized stock for sale - $160 or so, IIRC. It was also chambered in 7x57, one of my favorite calibers. I just couldn't afford to bring home both the M98 and the M95 (especially since I'm still looking for another Enfield Mk4No1).

    Having said all of this - if I could find a decent Ishie 308, I'd prefer it over the Mauser action. I just find myself really getting into the Lee Enfield bolt system....
  16. SMLE

    SMLE Well-Known Member


    You have contracted "Enfielditis" an totally uncurable disease. The only known treatment is to buy a new Enfield on a regular basis. :neener:
  17. rbernie

    rbernie Well-Known Member

    Problem is that I want to sporterize 'em, and so far I've not had the heart to do so on the one's that I find - they're too nice to chop up. The two that I have bought so far were both already chopped, so I don't feel too badly about that.

    My Mk4No1 came with a Fajen Monte Carlo stock and had the stock barrel cut down to 25" (crown to breechface) and a Lyman front sight silver-soldered on. It has proven to be QUITE a shooter, and is what got me hooked on Enfields. I just picked up the Mark4No1* last week - it's a Golden State Arms 'Sante Fe Mountaineer' sporter. It needs a little TLC, but for $125 I can afford to drop a little into getting it back in shape. I may scope it, just to play around. Dunno yet.

    Anyway, you get the point. I like the action, but want something other than 303RR. Quite honestly, a 20" 6.5x55 sporter sounds just like what I need to fill out the safe...

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