Reap this whirlwind 415 yards warmed up the 308 spanish mauser again

Spcwolf

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Apr 16, 2013
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Conroe tx
I have a question for you.

I have had a few 308 Spanish Mausers as a collector. But I never really trusted the small ring action to that round.
I eventually bought a 7mm version and shot that for a few years. I really enjoyed it.
I read many reports online of headspace issues due to lug setback, the 308 being a much hotter round, and the design on the model 1916 and 1893 action not able to handle the pressure over time.

My question, do you think there is validity to this? Or do you just hand load to lower pressure to keep this issue in check?

Thanks for your time, I am a big milsurp fan.
 

saiga308

Member
Apr 4, 2020
165
18
utah
I have a question for you.

I have had a few 308 Spanish Mausers as a collector. But I never really trusted the small ring action to that round.
I eventually bought a 7mm version and shot that for a few years. I really enjoyed it.
I read many reports online of headspace issues due to lug setback, the 308 being a much hotter round, and the design on the model 1916 and 1893 action not able to handle the pressure over time.

My question, do you think there is validity to this? Or do you just hand load to lower pressure to keep this issue in check?

Thanks for your time, I am a big milsurp fan.
yes i dont run hot loads i reload and keep the pressure at 42000 psi max
308 hot loads are 60,000 psi way to risky to shoot in the spanish action that is soft
 

Spcwolf

Active Member
Apr 16, 2013
480
43
Conroe tx
yes i dont run hot loads i reload and keep the pressure at 42000 psi max
308 hot loads are 60,000 psi way to risky to shoot in the spanish action that is soft
I hear the standard m80 ball 762 NATO runs less then the American 308, is there any truth to this?
 

saiga308

Member
Apr 4, 2020
165
18
utah
I hear the standard m80 ball 762 NATO runs less then the American 308, is there any truth to this?
yes but not by much 2,000 psi
i wont shoot either in the spanish 308/762 only reduced loads
http://how-i-did-it.org/762vs308/chamber.html
he "PSI" value cited in the TM for 7.62x51mm is very close to the CUP value published by SAAMI for .308, suggesting that .308 is perhaps a mere 2,000 CUP hotter than 7.62x51mm.
 

Spcwolf

Active Member
Apr 16, 2013
480
43
Conroe tx
yes but not by much 2,000 psi
i wont shoot either in the spanish 308/762 only reduced loads
http://how-i-did-it.org/762vs308/chamber.html
he "PSI" value cited in the TM for 7.62x51mm is very close to the CUP value published by SAAMI for .308, suggesting that .308 is perhaps a mere 2,000 CUP hotter than 7.62x51mm.
Have you considered rebarreling a k98 variant to not have to worry about pressure issues?
 
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