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7.62 vs. .308 Win?

Discussion in 'Reloading' started by coyote 30, Oct 25, 2010.

  1. coyote 30

    coyote 30 COYOTE HUNTER!!

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    I came accross some free 7.62 brass and was wanting to reload it to shoot in my Savage model 10 FP rifle.
    The head stamp on the brass reads "OFV 98 7.62 M80" Is this military brass and can I load this to .308 Winchester specs and shoot it through my Savage rifle with no problems?
    Also for those that have used this brass what kind of accuracy could I expect using a premium hunting bullet in the 165 to 168 grain range?
    I am assuming brass marked "7.62" has the same dimensions as .308 Winchester, is this correct or is there a difference in the brass like there is between 5.56 and .223 Rem brass?

    Thanks........
     
  2. GioaJack

    GioaJack Conifer Jack

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    It's Indian brass... the, 'want some curry?... not the 'welcome to our casino', Indian.

    Nato style so probably crimped.


    Jack
     

  3. DoctaGlockta

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    Sounds pretty serious. I wouldn't take the chance if I were you. PM me and I'll dispose of those evil communist block cases for you.
     
  4. Zombie Steve

    Zombie Steve Decap Pin Killa

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    You'll be fine. As mentioned, you'll probably have to ream or swage out the primer pockets if they were crimped. Do a full length resize the first time, then neck only after that for a bolt gun. If they're hard to resize and require quite a bit of trimming, they were probably fired in a machine gun with a really loose chamber. Keep an eye on the case web as you shoot them / look for the telltale white ring.

    Also - be careful with military brass and max loads - sometimes they can be significantly thicker than commercial brass, thus less case volume / higher pressures. As always, start low and work up.

    As far as accuracy... tough to tell with someone else's gun, but with a Savage I'd want to see sub-moa groups.
     
  5. coyote 30

    coyote 30 COYOTE HUNTER!!

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    Thanks for the info. I figured I would have to swage the primer pocket. I have a Dillon Super Swage I have been using on .223 brass so I'll set it up for the .308 brass.
    I've got a set of Lee dies so I'll do a full length re size. I am pretty sure this brass was fired in a AR10 or the like and not a machine gun based on where it was found so hopefully I won't have a lot of trimming to do.
    This gun will shoot sub MOA with factory loads so it should be close with some reloads.

    Thanks
     
  6. Zombie Steve

    Zombie Steve Decap Pin Killa

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    When you find the load it likes, it will shoot better than factory. Good luck.
     
  7. El_Ron1

    El_Ron1 AAAAAAAAGHHH!!!

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    Not the best brass, more inconsistencies, issues and problems than other milsurp cases. But it has been reloaded successfully. You're probably not going to set any longevity records with it, inspect closely and often. The 70's dated OFV appears to be OK.