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#1 Waveman

 
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Posted 04 June 2010 - 09:10 PM

I read that  .308 and  7.62 ammunition are no necessarily interchangeable.  Can I safely shoot .308 in a DPMS 7.62 x 51 chambered upper?

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Posted 05 June 2010 - 01:12 AM

Yes, you can shoot .308 in the 7.62  You should only shoot .308 in the .308 rifle however.  Look on the bottom side of your barrel.  If it is stamped 7.62 you can shoot either.  If it is stamped .308, shoot only .308 in it.

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Posted 05 June 2010 - 03:15 PM

This is the same condition as the 5.56x45mm versus .223 Rem.  The NATO rounds (5.56x45 and 7.62x51mm) are a little higher pressured.  Anything rated for 5.56 or 7.62 can shoot the .223 and .308 counterparts, but not vice versa.

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Posted 05 June 2010 - 06:06 PM

The .308 vs. 7.62 is the opposite of the .223 vs. 5.56 stuff - .308 is rated up to a higher pressure than the 7.62 counterpart round...  I think the last numbers I found were something like 48k psi in the 7.62 cartridges vs. a 62k psi max in the .308 Win cartridge.

The people that need to be cautious of this are the guys that shoot older military surplus rifles.  A high pressure .308 Win round can have some bad effects in an old milsurp rifle.

The modern semiauto rifles don't suffer so much from it - .308 or 7.62 chamber in the modern guns with modern manufacturing - typically not a problem.

Anytime this is brought up on the 'net messageboards, it turns into a big fat debate.  I'll find some links I've got on the info and post it into this response.

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Posted 05 June 2010 - 06:08 PM

The .308 vs. 7.62 is the opposite of the .223 vs. 5.56 stuff - .308 is rated up to a higher pressure than the 7.62 counterpart round...  I think the last numbers I found were something like 48k psi in the 7.62 cartridges vs. a 62k psi max in the .308 Win cartridge.

The people that need to be cautious of this are the guys that shoot older military surplus rifles.  A high pressure .308 Win round can have some bad effects in an old milsurp rifle.

The modern semiauto rifles don't suffer so much from it - .308 or 7.62 chamber in the modern guns with modern manufacturing - typically not a problem.

Anytime this is brought up on the 'net messageboards, it turns into a big fat debate.  I'll find some links I've got on the info and post it into this response.


yep 100 percent correct

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Posted 05 June 2010 - 06:31 PM

whoa, cool, thanks for the correction!  I had some bad info...

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Posted 05 June 2010 - 06:59 PM

Here's a couple really good posts about it:

http://www.gunslot.c...2x51-same-round

http://www.303british.com/id36.html

Also, there's a user here named "popgunner" (or close to that) - I've seen him post some of the best info about the differences, on another message board.  Hopefully, he'll see this and join the conversation.  <thumbsup>

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Posted 06 July 2010 - 08:39 PM

So basically......7.62x51 can be used in a .308 and the .308 CANNOT be used in a 7.62x51

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Posted 07 July 2010 - 03:59 PM

So basically......7.62x51 can be used in a .308 and the .308 CANNOT be used in a 7.62x51


If you are talking about older barreled rifles , than yes . You also have to know that Fulton Armory brands all there barrels 308 , but say you can shoot one or the other.

Now there are some tight chamber 308's that may not like the 7.62 NATO type ammo .

Some manufacturers say not to shoot one or the other & not mix.( They also say not to shoot hand loads ,now that's a laugh , I wouldn't do much shooting )

To this day I have shot just about every 308 I have ever owned with both 308 & 7.62 & never had a problem .

Over thirty years of shooting and twenty of that I was a class I & III FFL .

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Posted 08 July 2010 - 03:27 AM

If you are talking about older barreled rifles , than yes . You also have to know that Fulton Armory brands all there barrels 308 , but say you can shoot one or the other.

Now there are some tight chamber 308's that may not like the 7.62 NATO type ammo .

Some manufacturers say not to shoot one or the other & not mix.( They also say not to shoot hand loads ,now that's a laugh , I wouldn't do much shooting )

To this day I have shot just about every 308 I have ever owned with both 308 & 7.62 & never had a problem .

Over thirty years of shooting and twenty of that I was a class I & III FFL .


The .308 i've built is using a DPMS chrome BCG and a DPMS 24" Chrome Bull Barrel.............upper and lower were stripped Iron Ridge Arms............so since its brand spanking new parts, I can shoot either one

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Posted 09 July 2010 - 11:11 AM

Your DPMS barrel is probably stainless steel. I don't think DPMS makes a chrome lined barrel . I know a lot of people want them to.
You will have to try 7.62 to see if your build likes them . Some DPMS barrels have tight chambers for better accuracy & that will determan what you can & can not use.

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Posted 17 February 2011 - 05:21 PM

98Z5V  thanks for the info. I will get a 308 barrel and not worry about it now..  not that I ever did.. I shoot both in my bolt gun , and before I sold my FNFAL to pay for this build I shot both, mostly 7.62 X51 surplus,  I did not know that it was the opposite of the 5.56,  to me that's all good news as I reload both.  never checked pressure as I just thought loads in book and not at max would be safe.

is there any data on what difference is  on different barrels  say 18" vs 24".  I am going will 24"  and will turn muzzle end for flash suppressor/ brake

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Posted 20 February 2011 - 03:49 AM

7.62x51 - The word from DPMS

JonF a DPMS employee and the moderator of the DPMS support forum posted the info at the bottom of this post. The pdf was from a link on the DPMS forum

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Posted 20 February 2011 - 04:00 AM

and another

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Posted 12 March 2011 - 03:20 PM

Did anyone see the articles in Gun Tests on the 308 vs 7.62?

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Posted 26 July 2011 - 03:08 PM

Actually not really. The 42k psi is incorrect. 7.62 measures 42k cup (copper unit of pressure) you can't compare numbers while ignoring units of measurement 42k CUP does not equal 42k PSI.
7.62 does measure less, but it is around a difference of less than 5k psi, not 20k.

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Posted 26 July 2011 - 03:33 PM

and another


That is the factory covering there arse. They only put that out there because there is some non US mil spec fodder out there that has blown up rifles & want to cover them selves .

Just like reloads , cover the arse, if some one makes an over loaded rd. & blow the rifle up .

Now some one needs to till me how , you will get rapid throat erosion from a lower pressure 7.62 vs  the higher pressure 308 .

It is true with some non US 7.62 might have some COL differences & tight 308 chambers might not like them ( what DPMS chambers tight & rough ,naw ) , but bottom line is they are the same cartridge , period.

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Posted 27 July 2011 - 02:20 AM

Info from the 303british.com article I posted:

Military ammunition is loaded to maximum average pressure 50,000 CUP (approximately 58,000 PSI using the modern piezo transducer method of measurement). This standard is used to ensure better consistency round to round. It is proofed at 67,000PSI. The ammunition can then be used in a wide variety of firearms with no ill effects.

Commercial ammunition has a SAAMI/ANSI maximum pressure of 62,000PSI. While not every manufacturer may load it to this level, this is the industry established maximum. This is also measured using the piezo transducer method. The proof cartridge pressure is 83,000 to 89,000 PSI. Note the differences between the military test and operational standard vs the commercial one.

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Posted 27 July 2011 - 10:59 AM

Keep with the 7.62 in your gun.
American Eagle has a load made for the M1A that is 7.62X51. This round has performed well in my DPMS 7.62 barrel.

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Posted 27 July 2011 - 03:02 PM

So , that article is saying I can't shoot or shouldn't shoot comm. 308 in my 7.62 barrel ?




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