1916 Mauser 308

Discussion in 'Military Surplus - Curios & Relics' started by The Swamp Fox, Jun 16, 2017.

  1. garyd1961

    garyd1961 New Member

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    There is a debate on whether or not they can handle the pressure of the 308 round. Some say you are good to go and others say not so. I couldn't get a satisfactory answer to the question so I traded mine for a Mosin M44.
     
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    The debate over any of these converted rifles has gone on for year....mostly if they are marked for 762NATO or 308. If I remember correctly these spanish mausers are marked 308 so then folks wanna debate about whether the spanish metal used then can really handle 308 over the long haul.

    If you are a reloader then no worry as you can always underload them a bit and fire away!
     
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    They were made for 7.62x51 NATO, not commercial .308 Winchester. Plenty of surplus 7.62x51 is available.
     
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    I had one that I shot surplus 7.62 x 51 ammo in without any issue. Then some asshole stole it.
     
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  5. This is starting to sound like a win to me. I'd say 75% of the 308 ammo I have squirreled away is mil surp 7.62x51. Now the only question is do I buy 2;):cool:
     
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  6. garyd1961

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    There is no difference between 308 and 762x51 except for a couple thousands in headspace specs but tolerances overlap so this doesn't really matter either. The difference in pressures is on account of different methods of measuring SAAMI vs military CUP.

    Lots of people have shot both 308 and 762x51 without any problems. My concern was that it has the old small ring design receiver with only two lugs. If it was the large ring receiver with the third lug I would feel a lot better about shooting one.

    There is 762x51 cetme ammo with lower pressures which some say the Spanish 1916 was designed to shoot.
     
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    True the 762 Cetme round is a different round entirely.

    You more or less stated what I alluded to about the 308 vs 762Nato so it sounds like you know what you are getting in to. Now it is decision time...
     
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    Did you get it?