I have a new 7wsm that I just had built last summer. I picked the rifle up late sept. but with my work/ hunting schedule I have just started playing around with loads. So far I have 22 rounds down the tube.
Tonight I started measuring for o.a.l. with my stoney point o.a.l. gauge and bullet compareters. (I just used the recommended O.A.L. out of the book for the first few) I found that the o.a.l. of a 168 gr. berger right at the lands, was 2.495". At this length the bullet is barely in the case:eek: I did load a few up at the longest length I felt comfortable with, but these measured 2.265" and did not fit in the factory mag. well.
This isn't a problem as I will probably have the mag. converted to an wyatts extended version before next hunting season.
My question is why are the lands so far away from the chamber? And will the bergers work being this far away from the lands? So far I have not been overly impressed with the accuracy. And actually, if I wanted to switch to a lighter bullet I really won't be close to the lands. what gives? Can this be fixed?
The specs' on the rifle are:
Rem. 700 action trued
26" Hart 7wsm, sendero contour barrel, fluted
factory trigger at 2 1/4 lbs.
Mac A-5 50% tan 25% black 25% white
removable muzzle brake
(definatly not needed)
leupold 6.5-20x50 mark 4 tmr reticle
cobalt coating on all metal
11 7/8 lbs. with scope, no bipod