25 February 2021

Neck Bearding

I bought out the local Wal Mart on Winchester 7.62x51mm M80 ball.

Astonishingly close to pre-panic prices too.  Just more than $20 per box.

I asked if there was anything keeping me from buying them out and the counter person said, "moral restraint?"

Not from me.


  1. moral restraint?"

    From a Wal-Mart employee?

    That is better than what I expect around here.

    Good for you grabbed some bullets!

  2. I haven't been in a Wally World in a couple of years...

    Some places locally are that low, but other ones have considerably more in stock. Today, I saw 4 types of .223 and 3 of 9mm (plus other stuff) in my LGS.

  3. I thought that they had quit selling it. Hmmm

  4. I wish I was sure that firing .308 Winchester out of my .308 NATO caliber Ishapore Enfield was safe. You can't find .308 NATO around here AFAICT.

    1. Your Ishapore 2A or 2A1 is perfectly safe with 7.62x51mm NATO. It is also safe with .308 Winchester.

      Now you are sure.

      The differences between the two are really because of the differences in units of measure not a meaningful difference in chamber pressure. It's not like .223 Remington and 5.56x45mm.

    2. I've talked about it before: https://mcthag.blogspot.com/2014/08/disservice.html

    3. Almost all commercial ammo is loaded well below max specs anyway, especially for calibers like .308 Win and 7.62x51mm NATO, partially because of some fears someone might put it in something like a Spanish Mauser FR7 or FR8 which were converted to 7.62 CETME. Even then, although those actions were based on the older 1893 style Mauser actions and not as strong as the 1898 Mauser, the original rifles were designed for 7x57mm Mauser, which is similarly powered to .308 Win enough that I'd suspect most FR7/FR8 rifles to have no trouble with commercial .308 Win ammo. Would I handload to the max of load data for any of these? No, but that's a whole totally different story anyway.

      About the only thing I could thing of that I'd really worry about would be an early model CETME 58 rifle (A or B variant). It is unlikely to run into one of these because I don't think they were ever imported to the US, were probably selective fire anyway. The CETME rifles normally encountered in the US were usually built from parts kits and I would guess the critical pieces were most likely upgraded to H&K style parts which should be safe with .308 Win. Anyway, parts kits guns are always a little Caveat Emptor.


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