Action: Savage 112
Caliber: 257WBY. (Not original factory caliber)
I was out testing some loads today, working up some new combinations, and going up in powder incriments, obviously got a little too hot and pierced a primer. (This is the first time this has happened to me, I'm not one to knowingly push the envelope!!)
The bolt needed some good muscle to lift, and I had to tap the case out with a cleaning rod. OBVIOUSLY TOO HOT!
OK, so I came home wondering and hoping I had not done any damage to the rifle, came on the forums here, and tried to find what sort of damage to look for.
The case did not fail or crack, (it simply stuck in the chamber). To me, the locking lugs look fine.
The only thing I noticed (which may be a totally unrelated development which I overlooked previously - because I wasn't looking!!... is that the hex bolt on the end of the bolt that holds the bolt handle on was loose - I could turn it off by hand. Would a hot round have caused this? From what I'm reading here on the forums, this hex-bolt is normally extremely tight. Obviously, this action has had work done to it so I'm thinking that it's also possible that the Gunsmith may have simply not tightened it enough and I've never noticed it before.
Does what has happened here raise any red flags with you more experienced reloaders? (other than the obvious fact that I need to back off on the powder)
Is a pierced primer reason enough to suspect bold damage?
Other than the case sticking in the chamber, the shot that pierced the primer seemed normal - no odd smoke or gas blow-backs.
How would I go about re-tightening the hex-bolt to it's proper torque?
Thanks guys! I really appreciate your input! I'm not a gunsmith so this development is a bit new to me.