While the 7.62X51 NATO round and the .308 commercial round are not entirely the same, they are close enough that they can be fired from the same guns. Both, however, have the same history. It started with the US Military wanting to have a round that was essentially a shortened .30-06 round, especially after seeing the success of the 300 savage. Frankford Arsenal was put to the task of developing such a round starting with the T65 in 1945 and ending with the FAT1E3, which was evaluated in 1950.
It was the FAT1E3 that would be formally adopted by NATO and dubbed the 7.62X51, or simply 7.62 NATO. Though the 7.62 NATO was adopted by the alliance in 1954, the US Army began revealing, and using, the cartridge in the late 1951. It was supremely used in the M14 rifle and M60 machine gun. However, the M14 was soon overshadowed by the M16 which used the 5.56 NATO round. However, because of its effectiveness for snipers, many guns are still used in the military that chamber this round. The .308 name came about when Winchester requested to make the 7.62 NATO round commercial.
The difference, though, is that .308 rounds tend to be loaded to higher pressures. Because of its unsurpassed effectiveness at long ranges, the .308 is still a favorite among those hunters looking for the long shot.
Each box contains 500+ once fired brass shell casings. This is unprocessed brass sourced from military shooting ranges. Headstamps are mixed.
This brass has not been cleaned or resized, and still contains the spent primer. It is recommended that all brass be inspected prior to being reloaded and fired.
– This product can expose you to chemicals including lead and lead compounds,
which are known to the State of California to cause cancer and birth defects or
other reproductive harm.
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