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Lone Eagle, SSP88, .308 x 39, Ordnance Tech

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by daorhgih, Aug 27, 2011.

  1. daorhgih

    daorhgih member

    I've never seen it displayed like this. Is this the good-ol' 7.62x39 ? I wonder
    what the reason was to imprint it this way, or do I just need to get out more??
  2. Telekinesis

    Telekinesis Well-Known Member

    I'm not sure, but it sounds like it could be a 7.62x39 with a bullet that slugs to .308" instead of the standard .310".

    Most AKs will use a barrel made to .310" to make better use of surplus and East European sourced ammo (Wolf, Brown Bear etc.), while the Mini-30 (IIRC) uses a .308" bore. Though I never understood their reasoning behind the American barrel size if the allure of getting something in 7.62x39 was cheap com block ammo...
  3. steve4102

    steve4102 Well-Known Member

    The Mini-30 did use the .308 bore when it first came out. The reason for the Mini-30 and it's .308 bore was to use up a warehouse full of barrels left over from Bill Ruger's failed XGI rifle. The Mini-30 is now made with a .310 bore, I believe the changeover came in about 1994.

    I think you are correct, it's probably a 7.62 x 39 with a .308 bore and maybe the chamber neck was cut for .308 as well. My Ruger Mini has a custom barrel with a .308 bore, but the chamber was cut with a standard 7.62 x 39 reamer. Maybe this .308 x 39 was cut with a special reamer as well.

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