7.62x51 vs .308

Discussion in 'General Rifle Discussion' started by lbwar15, Mar 7, 2014.

  1. lbwar15

    lbwar15 New Member

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    Just got my first .308 a few days ago. After reading a few things I figured I would ask. Is it safe to use a 7.62x51 (aka 7.62x51 NATO) in a .308?


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  2. SSGN_Doc

    SSGN_Doc Well-Known Member

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    Yes. In this case, the NATO load is generally the lighter load. It's the opposite for .223 and 5.56.
     

  3. lbwar15

    lbwar15 New Member

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    That's what I have been reading. Just thought I would run it by here. Thanks


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  4. bluez

    bluez Well-Known Member

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    SSN Doc is correct.
    the NATO load is lighter than the 308.
     
  5. JonM

    JonM Moderator

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    The difference is the throat of the barrel. The 308 has a little longer lead for the longer ogive you find on heavier longer rounds. The military x51 lead is expecting a shorter ogive.
     
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  6. 303tom

    303tom Well-Known Member

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    There is NO difference !...........