Originally Posted by cujo7240
I just installed a Shilen S7 varmint contour barrel (308) on my Savage model 11 this last weekend. I used a go-gauge to set my head space before torquing the barrel nut and the bolt closed w/o any problem. I then put a small piece of masking tape on the bottom of the go-gauge and was not able to close the bolt, then remove the tape and again tried the go-gauge and the bolt closed fine.
I went to range to perform the barrel break in procedure and I was shooting some 150gn American Eagle 308WIN factory rounds and I noticed that the bolt closed a little more snugly than it did before my barrel swap with this ammo. When I later started shooting some of my handloads that I had full length resized and trimmed to length, I noticed that they chambered much more easily and felt like what I thought they should feel like.
Do you guys feel my headspace is too tight knowing what I've told you? Do you think that Savage just was a little liberal with there headspacing to accommodate various manufacturers ammo?
I like very little head space if any at all because I reload and can adjust the dies to make them
chamber with just a slight feel. This helps with accuracy and brass life not to work the brass more
If a person is going to shoot all types of factory ammo, proper head space is normally covered by
the Go Gauge.
If your loads are near max you may have to size a little more unless extraction it not a problem.
Sounds like you did well setting the head space if one layer of tape made closing the bolt hard.
(With Savages you must compress the flex washer between the bolt body and the floating bolt
bolt head to end up with proper head space when fired.
In My opinion you are fine.
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