Follow up on the soft primer strike issue. I replaced the light weight pin and spring assembly with a standard Remington assembly and took the rifle back out today. I had 4 rounds left that didn't fire before and took them as well. Before, a second try still would not fire them, no surprise right
. But with the steel pin and stronger spring they all fired as well as all the other rounds we chambered.
Tonight I called and talked to the smith that built the rifle. He was not too surprised I had an issue with the light pin assembly. He has seen it before. This rifle was built some time ago and never put to use. He has since adopted the the plan of always installing a stronger .032" firing pin spring with all and any light pin used. He said this will cure all problems. So he is sending me the new spring to fix the original assembly. He feels it would be better to reinstall that assembly as he had "timed" it.
I wanted to hear his opinion as he is a well known and highly respected smith. He has built championship winning rifles. So, I asked him what he felt a light weight firing pin brought to the table. He quickly said " Just what you have just experienced" " Like the thicker barrel lug, it is something many request but really has no benefit over the factory stuff if it is trued and installed correctly".
The rifle shot pretty good today. We engaged a 3/4 moa rock at 1450 yards with a 10 mph wind. Cold bore shot grazed it and the second shot took off the edge. It is now a 1/2 moa 1450 yard target for next time.
Hope to take the rifle out for some long work soon.
Thanks to all that helped here. I will make a final report after I have installed the spring and LW pin again and let you know if it too works.