Re: LANDS.......HOW FAR OFF TO START?
you say you don't have a gauge...
i know you have a cleaning rod..
use it for a gauge.
with an unloaded rifle, close the bolt and use your cleaning rod with a solid tip of some sorts and stick it down the barrel til it bottoms on the bolt face.
mark the cleaning rod right at the muzzle, use tape a marker, something that will stay put.
now take the bolt out and just drop a bullet into the chamber and seatit and hold it with a pen, or something long and skiny to keep it into the rifleing.
now reinsert the cleanig rod til it hits the bullet tip, mark the cleaning rod again, measure between the marks and it'll give you a pretty good idea of the oal..
every bullet brand you use may be different, so do it every time you switch..
real simple and easy..