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 Which .308 surplus ammo to buy?
DrewColt  [Team Member]
6/19/2011 11:49:54 AM EST
I am either about to get German surplus with the headstamp FN 77 or Austrailian with the headstamp MF F4 83. The German is NATO spec, and is in sealed packs of 5––so I am leaning towards it. I am not familiar with surplus ammo though, which is better? I am just worried about kabooms or other issues that can come up with surplus ammo. Accuracy is also a factor, but mainly I want whatever is the most reliable of the two. Any input is appreciated!
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fxntime  [Team Member]
6/19/2011 11:57:04 AM EST
Aussie is good stuff. Been hard to find for awhile.

Neither should give you any worries about kabooms.
Bryan_Aim  [Industry Partner]
6/19/2011 12:28:24 PM EST
for the same $ or within 10% go Ausi
DrewColt  [Team Member]
6/19/2011 12:29:10 PM EST
Another thing is I would get 250 Aussies for the price of 200 German rounds. I am not to worried about that though, I am more worried about my guns. Also, is one cleaner than the other? I run my .308's suppressed pretty much every time they are used.

ETA: I had that backwards, it is 250 Germans for the price of 200 Aussies. If the Aussies are better that's what I will go with though. Thanks for the advice fellas!
damcv62  [Life Member]
6/19/2011 12:54:37 PM EST
I'd buy which ever is cheaper. The german is nice in the BP, but the aussie is very good ammo.
TUBBY  [Member]
6/19/2011 2:21:32 PM EST
IMHO Portugese is the best.
karnaaj  [Team Member]
6/19/2011 5:19:03 PM EST
Originally Posted By DrewColt:
I am either about to get German surplus with the headstamp FN 77 or Austrailian with the headstamp MF F4 83. The German is NATO spec, and is in sealed packs of 5––so I am leaning towards it. I am not familiar with surplus ammo though, which is better? I am just worried about kabooms or other issues that can come up with surplus ammo. Accuracy is also a factor, but mainly I want whatever is the most reliable of the two. Any input is appreciated!


Who has Aussie?
TaylorWSO  [Life Member]
6/19/2011 8:42:03 PM EST

Originally Posted By TUBBY:
IMHO Portugese is the best.

Seems that wasn't listed as a option



OP If you reload the aussi "might" have the boxer brass, and it has been very good brass for me
Not_so_Clever  [Team Member]
6/20/2011 6:55:31 PM EST
Why not get both?
35mm_Shooter  [Team Member]
6/21/2011 1:59:55 AM EST
DAG for terminal ballistics, but be prepared for corroded brass
Clockwork138  [Team Member]
6/21/2011 1:28:50 PM EST

Originally Posted By DrewColt:
I am either about to get German surplus with the headstamp FN 77 or Austrailian with the headstamp MF F4 83. The German is NATO spec, and is in sealed packs of 5––so I am leaning towards it. I am not familiar with surplus ammo though, which is better? I am just worried about kabooms or other issues that can come up with surplus ammo. Accuracy is also a factor, but mainly I want whatever is the most reliable of the two. Any input is appreciated!

FN 77 is Belgian ammunition. I had a few hundred rounds of the stuff back when it was about $.20 a round. I didn't have any problems out of it or Australian F4. Both FN and Australian F4 shot about the same out of my rifle with the FN stuff being slightly more accurate, IIRC. The Belgian ammo I shot had a consistent, large muzzle flash. Not sure if it was loaded hot or if it was just the powder composition. I didn't get to chrono any of it.

You really can't go wrong with either. Go with whatever is cheaper.
learningcircles  [Member]
7/11/2011 7:31:07 PM EST
STAY AWAY from any South American stuff, ESPECIALLY Chilean. That's where most kabooms come from. There have been alot of rounds that were double charged with propellant.
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