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Savage 11/111 338 lapua case sticking problems

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Old 01-18-2013, 11:00 AM
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Re: Savage 11/111 338 lapua case sticking problems

we are having the same problem with norma brass the blot is sticking really bad.were at 2725 with 89 grns of h1000 no signs of prssure on the case but sticking bad. we also cant belive how easly this gun wants to rust. were in oregon and without a dehumidifer in the case it will rust overnight. were extreamly dissipointed with the gun.should have got a custom.
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Old 01-18-2013, 12:18 PM
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Re: Savage 11/111 338 lapua case sticking problems

Shed, much to the shagrin of many, I ditched the Lapua and proceeded to get my 338 RUM back out and see what I could get out of it. I got very tired of poking out stuck brass no matter what Load I used it seemed. Very happy is all I can say. Pounds me a little more because it is a bit lighter, but I can hit the same 12" pc of steel at 650 yards with the Ultra Mag as i did with the Lapua. With a LOT less headache! Thats as far as I as I can find to shoot here.
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Old 01-18-2013, 08:47 PM
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Re: Savage 11/111 338 lapua case sticking problems

Well I also just sent my 111 LRH 338 laupa back to savage because of the same problem. When I get it back I will report if the problem has been solved.
Walk quite shoot straight.
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Old 01-19-2013, 07:06 AM
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Re: Savage 11/111 338 lapua case sticking problems

This sounds like a headspace problem not a brass problem. The field ex. way of checking your headspace is to take three layers of newspaper place it the bolt face, place a round in and close the camber. I now open the bolt if the paper has an imprint of the lettering and primer than your head space is correct however if there is no imprint or you canít close the chamber than your headspace is off and send it back to the manufacture to fix or a quality gunsmith. Warning only conduct this test out doors in a safe direction of fire.
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Old 01-20-2013, 01:08 PM
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Re: Savage 11/111 338 lapua case sticking problems

I have one of these rifles and found the same issue. I found that if your running 300 grs. It does not stick if you load around the 2700 fps range. Its a great rifle for a grand but something about the way they chamber is incorrect. They are picky. Im thinking a hand turn finish reamer and little polish would correct this. But never the less. Savage needs to do so improvements. Pretty much any other rifle on earth you can buy any off the shelf ammo and not stick the bolt. Not saying it never happens but you know what I mean.
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Old 01-22-2013, 12:25 AM
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Re: Savage 11/111 338 lapua case sticking problems

I posted this in a different thread, but thought I would add it here as well in case any of you had the same issue I did. I should receive my rifle back this week. Savage said they replaced the barrel and performed function tests with it at the range. They wouldnt give me any specifics on the exact problem they found, but I already know what it was. See below for the issue...

In case you dont recall, I have had issues with hornady brass becoming stuck inside my chamber after firing and even a very stiff bolt with lapua brass. It seems a lot of people have been having the same issue. Once I had separation occur of the brass from the lower primer portion, I decided I was done shooting the rifle until the issue was resolved. Separation is when the fired brass splits into two pieces inside the chamber. Its hard to explain. Basically, after I fired a round ....I forced the bolt back to reveal TWO pieces of brass in the chamber.

Its been a while since I posted on the subject because I wanted to get to the bottom of this before I said anything. The rifle's accuracy is not something I can complain about. It seems to shoot fine, but is a nightmare when it comes to ejecting brass, etc.

My friend who taught me a lot about shooting still has many friends that he met throughout scout sniper school. One of those is a gunsmith who builds custom rifles. After I showed my friend the problems I was having with my LRH111, he wanted to take it to the gunsmith he knows.

The gunsmith that he sent my rifle off to did some basic tests first to see if it was a head-spacing issue. After looking at some of my fired brass he was afraid the rifle might be over chambered. So he sent it off to his friend to have it air mikd on his own equipment.

Anyhow, I was told the following:
(I may not be repeating it correctly so bear with me)

The gun smith said the air miked results show that is it over chambered in shoulder length by .003 (three-thousandths) of an inch. This is making the brass slap up against the chamber when fired and stretching the brass much more than normal. No wonder I was trimming it all the freaking time. The tests ALSO show that it is "out of round" inside the chamber. So bad news on two major issues.

There is no way the gunsmith can fix anything like that obviously, so it is fixing to go back to Savage. I dont see how they can "fix" an issue like that without replacing the entire barrel. I have not even fired over 200 rounds through the barrel so its pretty new.

I will follow up with another post once I hear back from Savage. I plan on mailing it to them sometime next week.

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Old 01-22-2013, 12:00 PM
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Re: Savage 11/111 338 lapua case sticking problems

I spoke to savage they said send the gun in and blamed hornady fir having brass issues. They said they only recommend black hills ammo. And that they are not aware of any problems with there product. I checked head space and got .0015" seems a bit tight to me.
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