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    1943 .308?

    I inherited a .308 cal M1 with a serial number 1,790,061
    Someone told me that it must be rechambered in 7.62x51 NATO since Springfield Armory didn't make a .308 in 1943. Is this true? How can you tell if it's been rechambered?

    TIA

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    No WWII or Korean vintage M1 rifles were made originally in .308 or 7.62 NATO because the round was non-existant. They were all chambered in the correct caliber of .30-'06
    Jon

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      #3
      There were Navy Garands in early 1960's that had a bushing installed in a standard garand barrel converting them to 7.62
      I believe in mid 1960s barrels were manufactured chambered in 7.62. Do you have one of these or a commercial 308 barrel installed on a SA receiver?

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        #4
        What are the markings on the side of the barrel that you should see with the op rod pulled back? The barrel date should also be visible. The 308/7.62 caliber didn't exist in 1943.

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