Newb question about min. OAL
I've got what may be a stupid question regarding OAL. I recently started reloading (30-30 and 9mm up until now), and just within the last couple weeks started reloading for my Savage 110 in 30-06.
I am using Sierra 180gr Pro Hunter bullets, Varget powder (I know, not the best for the heavier projectiles in 30-06, but I have it on hand), and CCI 200 primers.
I referenced the latest Lee manual, and it lists the minimum OAL for a 180gr jacketed bullet using Varget powder at 3.300".
I loaded a couple rounds, and at that length the bolt is very hard to close, and they are "jammed" into the lands. (I can pull them back out and see marks on the bullet) So, I started backing down on seating depth, and found that about 3.280" is about my max OAL with this particular bullet that isn't touching the lands (I don't have a COAL guage unfortunately). Is this pretty typical that a particular rifle wouldn't be able to handle a 30-06 cartridge at a OAL indicated in a loading manual?
My plan is just to start at a low powder charge with a seating depth just off the lands, and work up from there, but I'm just curious if something isn't adding up because I've read that most factory rifles will accomodate an OAL as long as it will fit in the magazine (which on the savage is waaaaay bigger than 3.300"
If anyone doesn't mind sharing, I'd love to see the load data from the Sierra manual for this particular bullet in a 30-06 cartridge.
Hope this ramble makes sense. I appreciate any assistance. I've really learned a lot since finding this site.