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Help...anyone ever have a throat tighten w/use?

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Unread 06-03-2006, 08:29 PM
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Help...anyone ever have a throat tighten w/use?

I'll try to keep this short & sweet:

I have a new 30-338 rifle (M70 & Krieger bbl.). When I got it I noticed a couple light scratches on chambered bullets, just past the neck. There was no resistance going in or out, and I thought they were burrs that would fire out.

I put 100 rounds through it, and it shoots great, tested out to 600 yards.

Well, today I go out to shoot & verify zero, and I notice that it is hard to chamber a round. I shoot anyway and it shoots ok. Then I try to extract a live round, and the bullet sticks! (this is the same everything-bullet, seating depth, etc.)

At home, I examine bullets that are extracted, and they have a full, circular, burnished ring around them. They are not hitting the lands, but are sticking in the throat. It appears that the throat has tightened up on it's own!

I thought about fouling, but have scrubbed it good, and shining a light inside it reflects back like a mirror.

Can anybody shed some light on this?

Thank you for any help. Doug
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    Re: Help...anyone ever have a throat tighten w/use?

    I would suspect some carbon fouling. That is my differential diagnosis.
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    Stephen...that's what it seems to have been.

    This morning I took a dummy round and threaded an old M14 cleaning rod into the primer pocket. I put a little fine polishing compound on the bullet ogive, and twirled it by hand around in the "tight spot" for a while. Cleaned out the compound, and my normal lenght loads now chamber fine.

    I have never seen anything like this. It only has 100 rounds through it, and I always cleaned it well (scrub with bronze brush and solvent, plus Sweet's for the copper).

    The powder is H-1000, and it appears to burn clean.
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    Re: Help...anyone ever have a throat tighten w/use?

    Carbon in a tight through would be my first guess. I would use wipe-out brushless bore cleaner and let it sit over night or 50 BMG solvent on a good brush should get it out.
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    You could also use JB bore paste or Flitz and just work it in the problem aria first 2" of barrel on a jag and cleaning patch.
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    Re: Help...anyone ever have a throat tighten w/use?

    I would agree with the carbon fouling comment.

    How often are you cleaning your rifle or at least removing the carbon fouling?

    One other area to look at, how tight is your throat in comparison to the bullet diameter that you are using? Ya want 1/2 thou total clearance or so over actual bullet diameter.

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    Re: Help...anyone ever have a throat tighten w/use?

    It seems to have a pretty tight throat ( I have no way to measure it). This is my first "tight chambered" rifle, so this is new to me. I usually go to the range and fire 5-15 rounds max, then clean well with bronze brush. It appears that brushing alone is not enough (I sound like a dentist!)

    I like the idea of soaking with a carbon disolving solvent...what is the best out there?

    I also though of putting a cordless drill on a brush, and going at it like that.
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