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Unread 06-09-2012, 04:02 PM
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Operator error or what?

Ok guys, I'm still pretty new at reloading so cut me some slack if this is a rookie mistake. I got a new rifle (Remmy 700 in 308win) and sat down to start taking measurements to start working up loads for it. I used the Hornady OAL gauge and comparator and took about a dozen readings. Every one of them was at least .027 over the maximum COAL listed in the hornady manual. I'll try to get a pic up if it will help, but basically the bullet just sticking WAY out there. Is this something I'm doing wrong or is it maybe the chamber was cut too deep or something?
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    Unread 06-09-2012, 04:39 PM
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    Not unusual at all. I would start at .015 off the lands and work a little closer if you want to tinker. Now depending on your bullet you may not be able to get all the way to touching the lands but you should be able to get close. The rule of thumb for smaller calibers is to seat at least the diameter of the bullet into the case..... for a 30 caliber I would think to the base of the neck would be sufficient.
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    I'm surprised you are able to seat that close to the lands with a new Remington. Most remington factory rifles nowadays come with a long throat.

    The COAL listed in the manuals is not a dimension you have to adhere to and you can seat your bullets so you have a COAL that will work in your rifle.
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    Unread 06-09-2012, 04:52 PM
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    Ok I feel better now. But what about the cannelure being so far off? Should I just crimp them anyway or leave it alone? Its way above the lip of the case
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    Re: Operator error or what?

    Most remington 700 in 308 that I have encountered are cut deep so the bullet will stick to far. Br cateful because the case will not hold the bullet good enough. seat the bullet at saami specs to start of load. and do minor adjustment to get the best group.

    my 2 cents
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    Re: Operator error or what?

    Picture for reference. It's hard to see but yall know what you're looking at
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    Unread 06-09-2012, 05:03 PM
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    BTW I never crimp.
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