Originally Posted by jrock
With all the recommendations for a new barrel, is it worth putting one on without truing up the action? Replacing the barrel will no doubt make the gun usable but with all the problems I seem to have with it would it be more cost effective to start over with another brand or dump money into this one to make it equivalent to a custom gun? I know I said I wanted a project gun but wasn't thinking I would start with a lemon. Mainly thinking of the brass shavings, case marks, and cratered primers.
No... Never install a new barrel without truing up the action. That's like washing, waxing, and detailing a junkyard car about to get crushed.
Well, yes and no... Iit's cheaper to continue with what you have, since you already own the rifle. However, selling it to start over you could probably regain some of your money back.
Unless you just want to sell the SPS? If you want to dump a non-shooting gun (lemon) off on somene, I'll gladly take it off your hands. I have nothing but time, and slowly polishing that turd would be fine with me, as I have plenty of other rifles to be shooting in the meantime.
By cratered primers are you talking about the big divoted looking primers around where the firing pin strikes? If so, that's not from pressure signs...That's from an oversized firing pin hole in the bolt face. My rifles do that wtih forming loads, which are book minimum loads.
Is this what you're referring to? If so, that's not that big of a deal. It's also not a sign of pressure. Pressure signs would be the primers being flattened, like in the second picture.
This is pressure... Notice how the primer has flattened out enough to fill up the all the corners of the primer pocket. You can also get a better idea if you're flattening primers when you de-cap your brass for cleaning.