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Posted: 10/18/2004 7:42:19 PM EST
Can it be converted to .308?
Link Posted: 10/18/2004 7:46:08 PM EST
I heard about one before, not sure on anything else though,

Tagged for more info
Link Posted: 10/18/2004 8:08:42 PM EST
With the straight bolt design, I'd be concerned about safty. I'd imagen if it was possible, more people would have done it already.
Link Posted: 10/18/2004 9:12:31 PM EST
[Last Edit: 10/18/2004 9:13:39 PM EST by Pthfndr]
If you check the gun auction sites you can usually find a few that have been converted and sporterized. The Schmidt Rubin action in the K31, 96/11 and 1911 can handle the .308 no problem. The milsurp ammo for those - GP11 - throws a 174gr bullet at 2640 fps. Much the same as a Fed GM Match 168 ammo.

But the question is, why would you want to? It's a 30 cal bullet anyway, and if you reload you can make up any kind of load you want. Brass from Graf is cheap now.

This is from my 1911. 175 SMK @ 2700 fps and no signs of excess pressure. That's 10 shots btw using only a front rest with the issue sights ( K31 has better sights ) no scope, at 100 yards.

Link Posted: 10/19/2004 4:58:13 AM EST
I am thinking of doing it mainly so my rifles can share the same ammo. On second thought, it might be more trouble than it's worth and probably mess up a decent gun.
Link Posted: 10/19/2004 5:05:34 AM EST
I've heard it is quite difficult because of the bolt mechanism.

Dennis Jenkins


Originally Posted By Javak:
I am thinking of doing it mainly so my rifles can share the same ammo. On second thought, it might be more trouble than it's worth and probably mess up a decent gun.

Link Posted: 10/19/2004 5:35:47 AM EST
Link Posted: 10/20/2004 7:49:17 PM EST
IIRC, a couple of years ago the magazine “The Accurate Rifle” had an article by Norm Chandler on a K-31 that he had converted to .308.

Overall, he seemed to think it wasn’t a worthwhile conversion. He seemed especially disappointed with its accuracy.
Link Posted: 10/21/2004 1:31:54 PM EST
Why would you?
It's perfect the way it is in 7.5
Link Posted: 10/21/2004 3:17:17 PM EST

Originally Posted By 199:
IIRC, a couple of years ago the magazine “The Accurate Rifle” had an article by Norm Chandler on a K-31 that he had converted to .308.

Overall, he seemed to think it wasn’t a worthwhile conversion. He seemed especially disappointed with its accuracy.



I thought he converted his to a .457 Winchester (seriously), and spent a few thousands on the work (with itemized bill to show).

THAT boggles the mind.
Link Posted: 10/21/2004 3:28:03 PM EST
One of my friends just came over with one of those a couple of hours ago. Very well made, it appears.
Link Posted: 10/21/2004 4:56:07 PM EST
I don't consider myself a purist, but why mess with the K31? I very much like the .308, but for me, part of the attraction of the K31 is the unique cartridge and it's inherent accuracy. After some work-up, my reloads come close to the G11 ammo in the accuracy dept, so it's not prohibitively expensive to shoot. Besides, it's not a high volume shooter, but a savor the moment kinda experience for me.

I'd say if ya want a .308, your money's better spent on........a .308.

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