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Old 03-01-2013, 02:42 AM   #1
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With the current spotty availability of popular cartridges, I am concerned that .308 ammo available may be hotter than this rifle is designed for. What, if any, factory loads should I avoid?

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If it is chambered for .308 and you've always shot standard .308 then any .308 factory load should be fine. I might stay away from Hornady Z-max (or something max) or what they use to call light magnum?

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The FR-8 is chambered for 7.62 X 51 NATO NOT .308. Will it blow up from one round of .308? Probably not. Remember, the receiver and bolt are 70 years old or so. They were used for some time in an 8mm Mauser chambered rifle. The current barrel was screwed in in the mid 50's and was shot some more. If you are willing to risk your face under these circumstances, go for it.

I shoot primarily reduced charge handloads in my FR-8. Not extremely reduced, just about 2 grains under max. I stick to 147/150 gr bullets. Going heavier puts additional strain on the gun.

For SHTF, you would be best served avoiding "Light Magnum", "Superformance" or any ammo listed as "High Performance". Also stick to the light to mid-weight bullets (Under 150) to keep bolt thrust manageable.

Anyone who tells you any .308 ammo is good to go is either stupid or has designs on your wife/girlfriend.

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The FR-8 is chambered for 7.62 X 51 NATO NOT .308. Will it blow up from one round of .308? Probably not. Remember, the receiver and bolt are 70 years old or so. They were used for some time in an 8mm Mauser chambered rifle. The current barrel was screwed in in the mid 50's and was shot some more. If you are willing to risk your face under these circumstances, go for it...

For SHTF, you would be best served avoiding "Light Magnum", "Superformance" or any ammo listed as "High Performance". Also stick to the light to mid-weight bullets (Under 150) to keep bolt thrust manageable.

Anyone who tells you any .308 ammo is good to go is either stupid or has designs on your wife/girlfriend.
I think this sums it up. Interesting gun - mine has an annoying chip out at the bottom of the semi-pistol-grip but it was all matching, good barrel, and it WASN'T a small ring FR-7! You're good to go as described...
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Thanks, guys! 140 gr is all I could find lately. I moved a few years ago, and can't find my supply of NATO ammo I had built up. Shoots nice, for a 7 lb carbine!

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Found the box with the NATO stuff and the 150gr .308. Plenty onhand now!

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The FR-8 is chambered for 7.62 X 51 NATO NOT .308. Will it blow up from one round of .308? Probably not. Remember, the receiver and bolt are 70 years old or so. They were used for some time in an 8mm Mauser chambered rifle. The current barrel was screwed in in the mid 50's and was shot some more. If you are willing to risk your face under these circumstances, go for it.

I shoot primarily reduced charge handloads in my FR-8. Not extremely reduced, just about 2 grains under max. I stick to 147/150 gr bullets. Going heavier puts additional strain on the gun.

For SHTF, you would be best served avoiding "Light Magnum", "Superformance" or any ammo listed as "High Performance". Also stick to the light to mid-weight bullets (Under 150) to keep bolt thrust manageable.

Anyone who tells you any .308 ammo is good to go is either stupid or has designs on your wife/girlfriend.
The FR-8 was built using the same Mauser 98 actions that folks are still using today to build stompers up to .458 WinMag. There is no commercial .308 load out there that will blow up a 98. Plenty of FR-8s out there shooting commercial stuff without incident.
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They were chambered for the 7.62 mm NATO round. Which is a 'bit' lighter than commercial .308 Winchester and 147 grain bullets.

Mine seems to shoot best with the 147 (150) grain bullets and mid-level (loading book) charges. That seems to work with the sights with the 'dial' type rear sight. If buying ammo, look for the various manufacturers who produce ammo marked as duplicating 7.62 mm loads.

As has been mentioned, it is a 98 Mauser action and pretty solid. On the other hand, one gains little by intentionally running it at full load every time.

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