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Old 09-28-2011, 11:05 PM
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First time reloading for accuracy

I’ve just started reloading for accuracy. I’ve got a Savage model 11 in .308. I’ve got some once fired brass so I neck sized it. I used Hornady’s tool to determine the OAL for the bullet to be just touching the rifling and then backed it off by .005”. It was a bit difficult chambering the first round but not excessively so. I assumed that was from not feeding it from the mag.

I tried to eject the round and the bolt would unlock but did not want to move to the rear. Some stronger tugging on my part and it finally let go. I tried the other two rounds I had loaded up and had similar problems (though not as bad). When I looked at the rounds afterwards I noticed “scuffing” on the bullet. The first round that gave me the most trouble had the most scuffing.

The Bullets I’m using are Sierra Match King 168gn. I’ve attached a photo.

If anybody has any ideas I’d be glad to hear them.


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Iíve got a Savage model 11 in .308. Iíve got some once fired brass so I neck sized it.
If the brass didn't come from that rifle; full-length size it.

But your bullet looks like it has been in the rifling. Is the scuffing on 4 sides, how many lands are there?

How much longer is the COL from the suggested COL?

Is it tight without the bullet?

I would seat the bullet to the suggested length, then try, (if need be,) with the full-length sized cartridge.
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If the brass didn't come from that rifle; full-length size it.

But your bullet looks like it has been in the rifling. Is the scuffing on 4 sides, how many lands are there?

How much longer is the COL from the suggested COL?

Is it tight without the bullet?

I would seat the bullet to the suggested length, then try, (if need be,) with the full-length sized cartridge.
The brass came from this rifle
The scuffing is in that one place only
My loaded rounds are .042 longer than commercial
The case is not tight without the bullet
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Re: First time reloading for accuracy

That's what I call jamming them! Based on a typical savage chamber your .013-.016" in the lands, no worries, they shoot great like that but it will spike your pressure if your at max charge.
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That's what I call jamming them! Based on a typical savage chamber your .013-.016" in the lands, no worries, they shoot great like that but it will spike your pressure if your at max charge.
It sounds as if (since I'm new) I must have messed up using the Hornady OAL gauge and pushed too hard on the bullet. I'll try again tonight. I read on a web page that said I should (since I'm new) try the measurement from scratch 6 or 8 times and write down the measurement each time. Once I get consistant readings I'm in the right area.

As I'm in the middle of the loading that Hornady has in their book do you all think it would be safe to fire or should I just pull them and do over?
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What powder and charge weight?
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What powder and charge weight?

Since I'm at work I'm not 100% sure but I'm fairly certian that it is 38gn of Varget
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