interchangeable ammo

Discussion in 'Large-Bore/Small-Bore Rifle/Shotgun' started by 1Bearguide, Jul 17, 2003.

  1. 1Bearguide

    1Bearguide New Member

    Jul 17, 2003
    Can anyone help.
    I have a .308 savage lever action a friend of mine gave me some military ammo and told me i could use it in my gun I tried it and it jammed in the breach these are the type he told me they could be
    308 WCF
    7.62 NATO
    7.62 X 51mm
    Can I use any of this ammo or are there any others available
    Thanks for your time
    1 Bearguide:confused:
  2. inplanotx

    inplanotx Active Member

    Jan 28, 2002
    Hi 1Bearguide and a big welcome to TFF. If you have a Savage model 99 lever action with either a rotary or detachable box magazine, there should be no problem with the Nato 7.62x51 round for plinking or target shooting. However, for hunting purposes, this is a full metal jacket bullet and I would not use it on animals. Just my opinion. Hope this helps.

  3. Cow Caregiver

    Cow Caregiver New Member

    Mar 26, 2003
    Double Check

    Check the barrel and make sure it does not say ".303 Savage" on it. If it does, it is a rarer cartridge, kind like a .30-30. It is not .303 British either. If it says .308 Winchester on the barrel, you should be good to go.
  4. merc

    merc New Member

    Jun 30, 2003
    Pelham, NH
    hi there Bear guide
    Inplano and cow caregiver are both right.
    The 7.62 x 51 is the Nato round which is the civilian .308
    The main difference is that that military round is a FMJ and will not expand the way a commercial hunting round will.
    There really is no reason why the military round would jam and the commercial round not.
    Double check the barrel to insure you have a .308
    The Nato round will also produce a tad more pressure than store bought. If the chamber is a bit on the lage side you may be expanding the shells during firing causing the jam.
    Try measuring the cases before and after shooting both the ,308 commercial ammo and the 7.62 military ammo.
    Let us know what the results are so we can learn something with ya.
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