Originally Posted by Geezer
I recently got a Shilen screw-in barrel for my Savage Model 16 in 300 WSM, and found that I had to full-length resize all my brass to get it to chamber. I did some measurements and found that fired brass from the two Savage factory barrels I've used measured .542 at the shoulder, and the Shilen barrel needed .538, SAMMI spec, to chamber.
Is it common for factory barrels to have loose chambers? The Savage barrels shot good groups, and reloads with just neck sizing worked fine.
I have had to set back and rechamber many factory barrels for all kinds of reasons and some would clean up with only .030 to .040 and some have needed .100 thousand + to remove an
out of round chamber. The best factory chamber I have found took less than .008 to clean up
to SAMMI spects.
Head space is another problem with a lot of factory rifles. .003 or .004 thousands is with in
spec. but can and will cause case strech and after a few times of full length sizing can cause
case head seperation.
So a tight chamber and minium headspace will increase case life especially if you neck size
only for 3 or 4 times and normaly improve accuracy.
The main differance between a factory rifle and a custom is the tolerances.( A factory rifle
can be minimum to maximum tolerances where a custom rifle/barrel will be as near to minimum
Just like mass produced cars you have good factory rifles and you have lemons.
J E CUSTOM