This is a discussion on 308 168 gr Winchester SAFE for M1A? within the Ammunition forums, part of the M14 M1A Forum category; A local SWAT team in the area just switched from 308 to 30-06. I snatched up about 400 rounds of their stock of :
I called SAI when I first bought it 7 years ago, they said mod ammo is fine. I was worried at first because I had a M1 Garand that could not fire non Mill ammo. Springfield said to go ahead and have fun.
HI DOUG when I hunt here in tennessee we can not use fmj and most of the surplus 7.62 is full metal jacket so I always use winchester or federal 308 starting in fall for sighting in scope, then for deer boar and black bear and coyotes. never had any problem with ammo, but a did have some strange looks from people on wildlife managment area's now I have bolt guns in the 7mm rem. mag size but when I can carry it I use my 308.
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I contacted SAI as well regarding the 168gr HPBT ammo. The Rep from the Tech dept said they actually recommend this ammo for the M1A platform to obtain the best accuracy with all barrel lengths. He said as long as it is a good commercial manufacturer and the working chamber pressure is not greater than 50,000 psi, the warranty is not affected. He also said firing any projectiles over 180gr would void the warranty.
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M-14 parts (www.m-14parts.com) in Columbus, NC are great folks to deal with. I went to place an on-line order for PRVI Partizan 168gr ammo and came up with a real screwy shipping charge. Called Mandy, who re-worked the order manually and called me back that night at 2130 hrs to square things away. Good people and good prices.