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Old 05-18-2007, 04:22 PM   #1
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Default Has anyone used 308 brass from an M249?

I have reloaded quite a bit of LC brass from an M16 (5.56) with good results.

Recently a friend gave me about 500 empty 308 cases fired from a M249 machine gun. The headstamp is LC. Are these OK to reload and use in a semi-auto rifle?



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Old 05-18-2007, 08:01 PM   #2
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Recently a friend gave me about 500 empty 308 cases fired from a M249 machine gun. The headstamp is LC. Are these OK to reload and use in a semi-auto rifle?
If it was 7.62x51 it was not from a M249. The M249 or SAW fires the same 5.56x45 round that the M4, and M16 do. Perhaps it came from the M240, or M60 machine gun. It should be fine to reload, just check for wear since belt feds are hard on brass.


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+1. Inspect the brass carefully. Some belt feds can be tough on the brass. The primary problem is sloppy chambers that cause excessive stretching of the brass and will shorten the life span of the brass. Make sure you check length after sizing and trim the length.

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I agree with both robocop and brassmonkey, a 240 and inspect any maching gun brass well for the deforming that is often done by the machin egun

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