Re: 308 vs 7.62 Nato
I own and shoot two Spanish built mausers. (1916 Short rifle) chambered for 7.62x51mm, One was modified by the Spanish into the FR-7 configuration. I download the NATO ammo (mfg. in South Africa) by removing 5 grains of the milsurp powder and replacing the bullet with a 123 grain Sierra. I do NOT shoot .308 Winchester or NATO ammo as issued. Since these rifles were designed around the 7x57 mm mauser cartridge which has a much lower chamber pressure than the .308 Winchester and the NATO round, the rifles are almost 100 years old, they have a two lug bolt system and the recievers are made of softer steel than are the FN and German made rifles, and primarily because I have a severe allergy to death and pain. A word to the wise, these rifles were "rode hard and put away wet" by the Spanish military, and are being sold mostly by unscrupulous dealers. CAVEAT EMPTOR!!!!