The circle cross should signify NATO spec., and the primer crimp & red lacquer primer seal should also signify Mil. Spec. Other than that, someone else may be able to determine further.
Well it should be simple but it is not. Totally different AAC. The brass in my stash has been in storage since around 1987, hence that 83 head stamp makes me think I bought it around the time I bought that 308, 1984. Due to military service, then a divorce, that gear got packed up and moved where it is now, in 1994, so it is old stuff. That is why it is surprising. Since then they invented the 300 AAC or 300 Blackout.
Actually I had two, the other was a carbine also and I like longer range guns. I did carry and qualify expert with the M14 and love it. I was a combat MP for a while and I was one of a few that got to fire the M14 full auto a lot. The Army did not like troops to fire either the M16 or M14 full auto, big deal. But I was in a place where I trained that way. I was also an M60 guy. You can light up a hillside with an M 60, but with the M14, you can light up a car or single door or window in a house at 400 meters. From the prone you fire the gun with the little butt stock flap on top of your shoulder. It kicks like hell but you have control and can put most of the 20 rounds in a mag inside a door if you need to. Kind of like suppressing sniper fire, except each time you send 20 rounds. If you hit a car, some or all of the occupants will be deceased, nothing in a car stop the NATO round.The takeaway here is...... only one .308? What? How's that even possible?
You need a FAL!
I bought a lot of 308 ammo at gun shows back in the day. My buddy had a table at least once a month and my gun club had a table advertising the club so I was at a dozen per year and would jump on bargains and just store it. I still have ammo from 30 years ago and I assume this was part of those days.I have some Hirtenberger .308 (7.62 X 51) that has that little circle with the cross. As someone above said I think it might be the NATO symbol, which is sort of strange because it is soft point ammo, but the head stamp on mine is RG 84
It sure is good ammo! giving 2950 fps from my 26" M-70 and 2850 from my 22" M1a!
I'd love to find some more of it!
Saw some ad copy somewhere. Struck me as odd a big Austrian ammo company would subcontract brass from a British arsenal. Intersting, but if it shoots...... the head stamp on mine is RG 84...Riposte
Congratulations. You win the prize. There was no actual American Armaments Corporation untilMy understanding is that AAC 83 headstamp in 5.56x45 and 7.62x51 ammunition was a made by Igman of Yugoslavia for Nordac Manufacturing Corp. (NMC) in Fredericksburg, Virginia, with the initials standing for “American Armaments Corporation”. The contract's intent was to deliver sanitized ammo to El Salvador.
I have not ran across any of the military import 308 that was good soft point hunting ammo but have found some in 7.62 x 39. That Wolf and Tullamo and Herters 154 grain soft point ammo is good stuff and is hotter than the American made ammo. I was surprised to learn that is was pretty common for cow elk hunters in Colorado years ago, hunting with the SKS. Not a gun would hunt with but one guy claimed he had killed 6 or 7 cows with that combination. Before the ARs got popular lots of people hunted deer with the SKS, they were popular in Oklahoma and Arkansas for both deer and hogs. Kind of a poor man's Browning, lol, short range one.Ranger; The Hirtenberger JSP load gets around 2600 or a little over from my 16" DSA (copy of FN), I haven't tested it out of my SOCOM-16.
I bought three cases of the stuff and put it away before I tested it and it disappeared from the market not long afterward - I bought it as cheap shooting ammo but I'm glad I didn't dip into it as my son shot a big buck with it from the M-70 and it performed perfectly, found out later it was has a bonded bullet!
I have some other military ball that doesn't get much over 2500 fps from my 22 and 24" guns - some of it won't even operate my Imbel FAL with the gas bleed shut off (it will function in the M1a though).