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    Quote Originally Posted by 7.62guy View Post
    I have not seen a 7.62x51 die set but I will not step out there and say there is not one. I know a 308 set will work it is what I have all ways used. The marks from the chamber clean up and look better after the cleaning and re sizing only to return the next time the round is fired. Four or five reloads should not be a problem as long as you have a way to catch the brass.
    My rifle throws brass only about 40 feet ... think I'll get a port buffer to help save the
    case mouth , that's the only damage it does other than the flute marks , any suggestions
    were to buy CETME parts / port buffer ?
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    Quote Originally Posted by holescreek View Post
    Here is a pic of some cheap MKE brass after it's 4th firing. I think those cases are on their 6th cycle now being fired exclusively through my home build Cetme.



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    Beautiful rifle ! scary looking brass , it's amazing to me that brass can take that much
    punishment and still be safe and reliable , a testament to the design of the rifle.
    Very nice tight groups , you must be proud of your build !
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    Quote Originally Posted by krisinwa View Post
    Thanks guys , another question, are there 7.62x51 die sets or
    will a 308 set work ? and will the flute impressions on spent
    brass be a problem , hoping to get 4 or 5 reloads per case , I
    don't plan to make hot or maximum powder charges
    I have loaded thousands of rounds of 7.62 NATO through my RCBS .308 small base dies. The only problems I have are if I purchase them with the primers still intact, they seem to eat decapping pins more than I eat pasta. If you go with bulk NATO brass, you will have to have a primer pocket swager unless the supplier does this for you.

    Five or six reloads out of the HK are all my brass can normally take before it starts to crack at the case neck, then I cut the brass down for .45 ACP shotshells.

    I've used IMR 4064 in the .308 quite a few times, should be fine.


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    Quote Originally Posted by scottz63 View Post
    Graf & Sons has several brands of 7.62x51 available. They are listed on their .308 page.

    https://www.grafs.com/retail/catalog...ategoryId/768?

    Arsenal Brass 7.62x51 on sale right now.

    https://www.grafs.com/retail/catalog...roductId/71105

    Attachment 52025
    Has anybody worked with or used this brass ? seems to be a good deal
    for new boxer

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    Quote Originally Posted by Beprepared View Post
    I have loaded thousands of rounds of 7.62 NATO through my RCBS .308 small base dies. The only problems I have are if I purchase them with the primers still intact, they seem to eat decapping pins more than I eat pasta. If you go with bulk NATO brass, you will have to have a primer pocket swager unless the supplier does this for you.
    I will parrot this. I have had issues with brass not wanting to chamber using the Lee .308 dies in some of my rifles. I switched to the RCBS small base die years ago and haven't looked back. One suggestion is to add a separate depriming step to your reloading, either that or keep a bunch of the RCBS depriming pins on hand.

    You may want to give RL-15 a try. I have been able to get very good accuracy from it, and it's a little more wallet friendly.

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