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.308 corrosive?

Discussion in 'General Firearms Forum' started by Reswob, May 10, 2012.

  1. Reswob

    Reswob

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    Forgive what is probably a stupid question, but is any of the foreign surplus .308 corrosive? Specifically I found some "South African .308 R1M1 Date B03/81", and Belgian linked ammo for sale on a local board. Thanks everyone.
     
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  2. Decguns

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    Most of your 7.62 surplus was made long after the switch in the West to non-corrosive primers in the 50's. Corrosive primers were still in some limited use in 7.62 match and sniper ammo well into the 70's. The 1980's Czech Sellier & Bellot surplus 308 is corrosive as is the Iranian 308 that surfaced in the 1990's (probably out of Israel). Some have encountered batches of Chinese 308 that were corrosive. Most of the surplus is good to go.
     

  3. MajorD

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    any NATO spec ammo (will have the cross in a circle nato headstamp) is definitely non corrosive. menitoned above there have be a few countries that did make corrosive but they are few and far between
     
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    I remember some of it listed as "mildly corrosive". :whistling:

    We fought WWII with it and won or Germany fought WWII with it and lost. It is no problem if you know and use bore cleaner designed for it.
     
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    There are a few types of corrosive .308, but they are rarely encountered here. I don't think any South African was corrosive. I have fired a few thousand rounds of it, and it has proven to be excellent ammo. I don't believe any of the Belgian is corrosive either, but I have never seen any for sale here. My latest find was a few thousand rounds of German surplus, and it is the most accurate .308 surplus I have ever used.