.338 Norma Brass Small or Chamber Problem?
I just received my new .338 Norma and was doing the necessary prep work--installing new grip, bipod spud, checking trigger etc. When it came time to run a dummy round in the chamber to check for length to lands, feeding, etc I found something puzzling.
The first time I chambered the dummy round the bullet engaged the lands and was pushed in a bit, no big deal. Either the 2nd or 3rd time the round would not eject. It was left in the chamber when running the bolt back. I pushed it out with a cleaning rod. I repeated this a few time but no luck on extracting the round with the bolt. Obviously the bolt needed to be able to push the bullet into the lands for the extractor to engage the rim. With that said if I pull the trigger and let the pin fall the extractor engages the rim and I can eject the shell.
Something to note is that when I had Doug Giraud make me the shell holder for my trimmer for the .338 Norma I noted to him that my shell was a loose fit. He told me he used the standard reamer to make the shell holder, and we both agreed that once I fire formed my brass it probably wouldn't be an issue. Because of this I can't really conclude that my chamber is large or not headspaced correctly.
If the rim is not engaged I'm assuming that my firing pin will not reach the primer. Is this correct? Or hard to say? If it is, do you think it would be possible to pull the trigger thus allowing the bolt to engage the rim, lift the bolt to recock the firing pin, and then fire, allowing me to fire form my brass?
I had to wonder if my Norma Brass is too small, but I know other people are shooting the .338 Norma and I can't say that they are having these problems that I know of.
Any ideas? I will contact the smith on Monday, but wanted to kick this around with others as well. I will definitely not be attempting to shoot the rifle until I know things are safe.
Thanks for the help,