Originally Posted by J E Custom
As far as I know there is not an unsafe newly manufactured rifle out there and the Weatherby
is undoubtedly the strongest (9 Lugs and all) Years ago white laboratories tested all of the
commercial actions to destruction and the only action that they could not destroy was the Mk 5
Weatherby all of the others failed including my favorite action (The 700 Remington).
J E CUSTOM
Just an aside here, but I have
seen a Weatherby Mk5 action totally destroyed in a reloading misadventure. Of the nine lugs, six (two columns) appeared to have been taken off in a mill, sheared off by the lug recesses when the bolt exited rearward. The other column of three appeared completely untouched, as the action had apparently opened up far enough to allow them to be completely free of the lug recesses, and miss them entirely on the way past. The sling swivels and the recoil pad were the only parts on the rifle that remained usable. The shooter took the bolt in the face, but survived. The cause was a combination of errors made by a shooter who should have been a poster child for factory ammo. He'd shot an elk with this same load the year before, and when he went to finish it, found he couldn't open the bolt. Had to take it to a gunsmith to get the bolt free. The 'smith (naturally) told him to break down that ammo and reduce the load. What's he do? Saves the remaining ammo for next year, and used it again, this time with more spectacular results. He claimed he'd gotten a 7mm bullet in a box of .277"s (gun was a 270 Wby Mag), so we tried duplicating this, Yes, you could load a 270 Wby Mag with 7mm bullets and still chamber the resulting rounds in the gun. The bullet maker involved in the suit fired quite a few of these loads, using the maximum of the load with H4831 data
he claimed he used, but with IMR 4831 which was what he actually had in his possesion. After repeated firings (25-30) of a drastically over max load with an oversized bullet, all we got was sticky bolt lift; no catasrophic failure like he managed. My own personal belief here was that he'd inadvertantly substituted IMR 3031 (which he also had on his bench) for 4831. We didn't try that one, but I suspect that would have done it, no problem.
I'm an avid reloader, and a great advocate of it, but it's not for everyone. This guy should have stuck to factory ammo . . . or better yet, taken up golf.