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Sticking bolt ....hot loads not the problem

 
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Old 10-22-2013, 09:56 PM
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Sticking bolt ....hot loads not the problem

I'm pretty new to reloading so I'm up for any suggestions.

I bought a LR-1200 7LRM from Gunwerks last year. I've been shooting their stuff and getting used to the gun and long range shooting. Their gun and ammo has worked flawlessly .

At about the same time last year I bought all new RCBS reloading equipment and bought exactly the same components and I am loading them exactly the same as they do. I'm relatively sure that my press is set up correctly and I full length size everything. Every time I shoot one of my loads, my bolt sticks really tight....sometimes to the point that I'd almost need a rubber mallet to free it up.

This Sunday I chrono'd Gunwerks loads and my loads....they were essentially identical. I thought that maybe my H1000 was hotter than theirs and that was the problem...but obviously that's not the case.

I'm thinking that I'm probably screwing something up.....but I've measured all I can measure and everything is the same. Though I cannot measure the neck angle etc with my equip.

Before firing , the load chambers fine ...no sticking or tightness

If someone reads this and has a suggestion, I'd really appreciate it.

Thanks!!
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Old 10-22-2013, 10:26 PM
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Re: Sticking bolt ....hot loads not the problem

You checking headspace?
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Old 10-22-2013, 10:36 PM
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Re: Sticking bolt ....hot loads not the problem

the shoulders on the cases might need bumped back.
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Re: Sticking bolt ....hot loads not the problem

Check your brass and make sure your neck is the right length, and not too long... If so, it can catch the inside of your chamber and hold on when you fire off your round, causing sticky bolt extraction.
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Old 10-22-2013, 10:53 PM
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Re: Sticking bolt ....hot loads not the problem

I think headspace is ok. I'm new to this...but my thinking was that since it loaded so easy, I thought the shoulder was ok. I will try that tomorrow. How much do you think I should bump it back? Probably do a few incrementally starting off small? I kind of tried that once....but I didn't do a very good job of it...I'll do it more methodical this time .

Thank you very much for taking the time to reply.

Anymore suggestions I should try while I'm at it?
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Old 10-23-2013, 01:43 AM
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Re: Sticking bolt ....hot loads not the problem

Same primer, brass brand, and bullet seating depth? Differences in any of the three can be the difference between heavy bolt lift/pressure and not.
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Re: Sticking bolt ....hot loads not the problem

Its sounds to me you are not trimming your cartridge to the right lenght, or try trimming .005 under that should do the trick.
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