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Posted: 11/13/2002 8:19:52 AM EST
I purchased some ammo some time ago mfg in W. Germany. I took it to the range and the guy had a magnet and said I could not use it. I guess they were steel. If I buy Port. Battlepacks, are these going to pass mustard? Before investing in some I would like to know I can use it at the range. Thanks. Ralph
Link Posted: 11/13/2002 10:08:03 AM EST
What are you going to use it in? I am using portugese in my SAR8, (Springfield HK clone...)

LOVES that stuff!!! Tosses the brass 25 yds!!!
Link Posted: 11/13/2002 10:20:47 AM EST
Portugese surplus is also jacketed with mild steel, then thin copper. No, it won't pass the magnet test either. SA will pass...guilding metal only (no steel jacket)...as well as being very good ammo. Sells for about the same as Port and also comes in the battle packs. Nothing really wrong with the Port either except it can tear up some berms / backstops.
Link Posted: 11/14/2002 6:43:55 AM EST
where is the best place to purchase .308 SA surplus ammo and how much. I heard good things about the portugese surplus, but if my range won't let me shoot it, what good is it? Anyone else have similar issues?
Link Posted: 11/14/2002 7:34:21 AM EST
i use SA in my sar8 and it shoots fine. a little dirty, but i clean them anyhow. does fine. i will try the magnet test also.
Link Posted: 11/14/2002 11:34:17 AM EST
Try Dan's Sporting Goods at


Great people, great service. Sometimes takes him a day or two to read his email, though, so you might prefer to call. He is having a special on the SA for FalFiles members. I may even get some more soon...running a little low myself.
Link Posted: 11/14/2002 11:52:12 AM EST
port will definately fail the mag test as it is steel jacketed, too bad, it's good stuff.
i've got about 2000 rds from the 70s i'm burning up right now, and its awesome ammo.

try looking it up on www.falfiles.com

good info there.
Link Posted: 11/14/2002 12:23:31 PM EST
Is the S.A. and Port. 7.62mm NATO or are they .308 Win.?
Link Posted: 11/14/2002 6:06:29 PM EST
I have Portuguese .308 and it fails the magnet test. Are you in the Bay Area? USI won't let me shoot it so I don't go there anymore. They say it has started fires before, which I believe, but they would hassle me on it right after a rain. I'll make the drive to Chabot, much nicer range anyhow. Not sure where to get cheap .308 that wont fail the magnet test.
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