Re: Messed up bolt face on 338rum rem 700
Looks like gas cut to me. Since all your brass is normal, probably done before you got the rifle. Very few people inspect the bolt face before buying a rifle. It looks to me like if you start loading up hard, primer cups may give way and leak or blow out where the divot is gone. Watch the cases closely as you ratchet up the pressure.
Oh yeah, don't load too light....Never go under a minimum load in the manual you're using. That can get truly dangerous.
If you do have to replace the bolt, it must be headspaced to the receiver. Don't just stick one in and shoot it. Also truly dangerous.
Good luck, let us know how it comes out. Tom
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