March 5th, 2011, 10:17 AM
Join Date: Jul 2007
FR7 and FR8
I've had both of these Spanish surplus rifles, shot them, and liked them for what they were. Supposedly, both versions were built and pressure tested for the Spanish CETME cartridge which was externally the same as 7.62 NATO, but with much less power.
The FR7 was built on a Mauser 95 action, and is finished in the old time mauser tradition like a swiss watch.
The FR8 was built on a Mauser 98 action, and is a bit less refined, but of courser has the stronger 98 action.
The FR 8 will hold any pressures the .308 Win/7.62 NATO cartridge can produce, however there have always been rumors regarding the FR7 as not strong enough for full powered 7.62 NATO.