Originally Posted by shortgrass
I don't know how Hornaday might change head space dimentions. When chambering an Ackley the "go" gage for the parent cartridge, in this case the .280 Remington, becomes the "no-go" for the Ackley chamber. Ackley chambers are shorter than their 'parent' cartridges. That way the case, when fire forming your .280 Rem. brass to .280 AI, is fully suported. Did I misunderstand your post? The bolt should close 'snuggly' on a .280 Rem. round when placed into a .280AI chamber.
That is correct, and that is the way I chambered it but if I had used the new 280 AI head space
go gauge the 280 Rem would not chamber.
I talked to several reamer makers and they said that they have to cut there reamers to the "NEW"
dimension because it is the SAMMI spec now that Nosler has submitted it as the standard and
SAMMI has adopted it as submitted. You can still have a wildcat reamer cut but it will not be the
standard any more.(The old 280 AI reamers were cut like all the rest to use the parent case
head space gauge).
When I head spaced with the 280 AI go gauge the 260 Rem head space go gauge was .0065 to long
and the bolt would not close on the gauge, and on a factory round head space was .006 and still
would not close even with lots of pressure.
All of the other AIs use the neck to shoulder junction to head space the standard round and shoot
extremely good while fire forming.
I hear what you are saying about the go no go gauges but I can't make myself cut a chamber with
.006 Thousandths head space. originally I had thought about splitting the difference but decided
not to take a chance on the accuracy of the rifle and go with .0005 head space using the 280 Rem
head space gauge so there would be a little compression of the case on the bolt when closing.
So this way the chamber will be .006 longer than the NEW SAMMI 280 AI CHAMBER in order to
use the 280 Rem ammo.
I hope this explains the problem better.
Again maybe I'm to fussy about head space.
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