308 vs 7.62 Nato
I am really puzzeled. I have been considering purchasing a bolt action rifle in 308 cal. for two reasons; the first is the well deserved respect for this caliber and the second is the possibility of feeding it with military 7.62 hardball for practice, which is abundant where I live.
Some shooting friends, advised me not to do because I would confront extraction difficulties. I do not understand what to believe. In Lyman's 47th reloading Handbook pages 273 to 275, both calibers 308 Win. and 7.62 Nato indicate that it is the same caliber. I am really astonished. Some said that the venezuelan made cases do not contract or reduce diameter enough after firing for easy extraction. Others consider that the military 7,62 ammo is far hotter than the 308 because it is used in machine guns and automatic rifles (FAL).
I really desire to buy a rifle in 308, if it would handle the 7.62. very abundant here, costing next to nothing. I don`t mind reducing the powder charge. I am a reloader. What do You think?