Re: 308 vs 7.62 Nato
In a modern .308 rifle it will be safe to shoot all 308 and 7.62 ammo of reputable manufacture. Meaning if it has a federal, winchester, or some other company that you know to be a good company the ammo will be safe. If the ammo is being sold by bass pro shops, midway, or some other company it will also likely be safe. If you go to a random gun show and see a table that has 7.62 ammo from a company that you have never heard of walk away. Besides any new rifle sold in this country with the 308/7.62X51 dimensions will likely be marked 308 anyway. If you chose to buy an older military rifle marked with the 7.62 destination use the NATO marked 7.62 ammo. However, if you come across a used bolt action sniper rifle that's branded 7.62 you should also be safe being that any you would come across are going to be the exact same gun (Rem 700, savage 110, Win 70, and etc) as the cilivian version mechanically speaking. The only practical difference will be in how they look.
In short, if you're going new, you almost do not have much choice but to buy a 308 rifle. If you're going used, the only 7.62 branded guns will be of military type and you should be using NATO marked ammo for all the reasons the others have already said. Older civilian guns will likely be 308.
In either case with 7.62 ammo or any ammo for any gun, if you're not sure if it's any good. Do not buy it.
Do not worry. Which ever destination you chose there is plenty of safe ammo of reputable manufacture. If you want to hunt you might be a bit better off with a 308 being that there is way...way more hunting ammo with the 308 destination versus the 7.62. Most 7.62 ammo, from I see, is typical target type.
Last edited by GMFWoodchuck; 08-25-2009 at 04:17 PM..