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7.62 Nato in a Savage .308W

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by falcon195, Feb 23, 2010.

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  1. falcon195

    falcon195 Member

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    I have a Savage 10 FCP-K law enforcement rifle chambered in .308 winchester.
    Lets hear some opinions on using 7.62x51 Nato in this rifle.
     
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    It's all the same in a bolt-action.

    Go for it.

    If there is a problem, it would be using .308 in a semi-auto 7.62 rifle.

    rc
     
  3. falcon195

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    Yeah that is what I figured.
    I also have a Armalite AR10 A4 and even though the roll mark saids 7.62 the manual does say you can use either 7.62 or .308 in there AR 10's.
     
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    It's more a potential problem with M1A's.

    The commercial .308 uses softer primers then mil-spec, and slam-fire damage/blow-up is possible in a M-14 type action.

    At the worst, all an AR-10 can do is doubling. The bolt carrier/rotating bolt design prevents firing pin contact until the bolt is locked shut.

    rc
     
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    you'll lose some accuracy and a little muzzle velocity. other than that, blast away.
     
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    In a bolt gun it's fine. Marine scout/snipers use 7.62 reloads in rifles stamped .308. The main thing is consistency.

    I did shoot some .308 in an M1A stamped 7.62, and when it got warm I had same failures to eject.
     
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    Good info here, my M1A standard is a preban stamped 7.62mm on the heel i'll be careful with .308.
     
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    10 years ago I had my Savage 10FP Tactical freeze up after the first shot I ever took with it. I was using South African 7.62. I couldn't turn the bolt or anything. After getting it back from Savage, there was a note with it saying "don't use military ammo."

    I would love to shoot NATO stuff through it, but I'd rather not have a defunct gun again...especially since it's no longer under waranty.
     
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    I've read that the chamber presure is higher on .308 than it is on 7.62x51mm. Does anyone shoot .308 in older FAL's, M1A's, etc? Any problems?
    http://www.thegunzone.com/30cal.html
     
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