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Old 02-26-2014, 8:10 AM
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Default M1A factory Ammo

What kind of factory 7.62 are you shooting. Not .308, but true 7.62. I'm avoiding the steel case stuff, wondering about the bi metal jacketed stuff. I like the Federal for plinking which is 95% of my shooting. What should I step up to for longer range precision when I get there? I will be reloading so what kind of factory yields the best reload able brass?

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Old 02-26-2014, 8:17 AM
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Some like Federal,but I think there brass is soft Winchester has always been a favorite Use mil brass if you can get it (L.C.)
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Old 02-26-2014, 8:45 AM
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Not sure what you mean by true 7.62. If you want actual NATO spec 7.62 ammunition for "longer range precision", short of getting USGI M118LR, you're going to have to settle for one of the commercially sold clones. Silver State Armory sells a 175gr Sierra Match King cartridge with a 7.62x51 designator (as well as a 168).

Outside of that, everyone making a 168 or 175gr cartridge for commercial sale produces it under a .308 Winchester designation, e.g. Federal Gold Medal Match, Black Hills.

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Old 02-26-2014, 8:56 AM
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I don't like to waste commercial brass on gas guns because of how rough they are on them. I bought a bunch of LC XM118LR military round and reuse that brass as the primers are not crimped, but ordinary LC is fine too if you swage the pockets.
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Old 02-26-2014, 9:39 AM
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i shoot anything that fits and bullet weight is under 170
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Old 02-26-2014, 10:05 PM
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I bought a ton of this about 5 years ago. You can find it around. My M1A loves it if im not using reloads. Its got the NATO cross on the headstamp also.

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Old 03-01-2014, 7:07 AM
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I use the following for all my 308/7.62 caliber rifles:

LC M852
Federal Gold Medal Match 168 gr and 175 gr
My own reloads (using Federal Match brass, LC match brass)
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