Has anyone used 308 brass from an M249?

Discussion in 'Ammunition & Reloading' started by PuppetMaster, May 18, 2007.

  1. PuppetMaster

    PuppetMaster New Member

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    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?
     
  2. BrassMonkey

    BrassMonkey New Member Supporter

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    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.
     

  3. robocop10mm

    robocop10mm Lifetime Supporting Member Lifetime Supporter

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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.
     
  4. richardnorton

    richardnorton New Member

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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