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.300WSM Report-2, Borden Action

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Unread 08-27-2007, 02:54 PM
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Hi James Jones,

This is actually a switch barrel rifle. The barrel that came attached is still attached. I did not remove it yet. I only took pics of the second barrel so you all can see what it wieghs on a scale. I won't have time to try out the second barrel until after my hunt in Sept.

As for the feeding from the magazine, I don't think it is something that can be fixed other than by using a smaller diameter cartridge. In other words I believe it is inherent to all the WSM's due to the short fat case. I have read about this issue before hand, but didn't pay that much attention to it. Now I see exactly what people have been referring to. When I cycle my .243 or .308, the loaded shells strip from the magazine cleanly and empty brass flies out cleanly. With the WSM, it just is not smooth and you really have to pay attention to get it to feed and eject. It's definitely not as smooth as conventional cartridges by any means. It doesn't have anything to do with the Borden action. The action is tight and smooth.

Nate, as for the extra threads on the end of the cap, no worries, it would have looked better to have the threads protrude only .005 past the end of the barrel, but I'm not really looking at that end to the barrel, and it has nothing to do with function, so it's fine with me. I think you did a great job on the rifle.

As for the accuracey, as I said I'm still working on it. I'm simply posting my results honestly. I am showing you guys the results as they really are, not just showing the best groups only. Sam Spade purchased a Savage in .300WSM and I see his groups are one ragged hole. He told me that he developed that load with IMR4007 powder. That is what I am trying to get a hold of right now, for further testing.

I hope others will have found this information insightful.

Best regards,
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Unread 08-28-2007, 09:07 PM
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Borden Feeding Problems

Fellow Shooters,

I stand corrected on the magazine capacity of the Wyatt box. It is designed for 2 cartridges, not 3. However, I am still having probelms with my feeding and extraction.
But I want you all to know that Jim Borden has assured me that he will solve this feeding problem for me. I have been communicating with him and he assures me that the WSM rounds should be feeding and ejecting smoothly and that none of the actions in his shop are exhibiting the anomolies that I am experienceing. I will be sending him my whole rifle so he can analyze the situation and resolve it.

I will keep you posted on the results.

Best regards,
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