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Can .308" bullets cause undue wear in the AK-47?

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by David Sinko, Sep 1, 2011.

  1. David Sinko

    David Sinko Well-Known Member

    Does anybody have any experience loading .308" bullets for the AK-47? I have tried various .308" bullets in weights from 110 to 150 grs. I am experiencing peening of the tail of the bolt carrier and am wondering if the slightly undersized bullets and non-standard bullet weights can cause increased carrier velocity which would lead to the damage. I know that there are other factors that can contribute to this problem, such as too large a gas port, weak recoil spring or improper heat treating. I'm just wondering if the smaller bullets can be a contributing factor and if anybody else is experiencing the same problem.

    Dave Sinko
  2. rcmodel

    rcmodel Member in memoriam

    .308" bullets should have no effect on excess peening.

    Heavier then standard bullets might.


    HOWARD J Well-Known Member

    I have used lots of .308 bullets in an AK
    Most of the bullets were 110gr or 125 gr
    Never had a problem
  4. res45

    res45 Well-Known Member

    Want be a problem,you may experience so velocity loss due to slightly smaller dia. bullet but you probably want notice that. Accuracy may suffer but you want know till your try them,I've never had any luck shooting .308 bullets in my SKS rifles accuracy was worse than cheap Russian ammo.

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