Rounds will not chamber in new Savage 111 LRH .338 Lapua
Hopefully, you guys can let me know if I am going in the right direction with this problem or give me some additional ideas of things to have my Gunsmith try; I am at my wits end. I purchased a new Savage 111 LRH chambered in .338 Lapua and have not been able to chamber a loaded round or empty shell since purchased. The bolt works fine with an empty chamber but when loaded the bolt will only close to about the three o' clock position. I started a long detailed thread about this problem in the reloading section because originally I thought it was a resizing problem with my Lapua brass, long story short I have tried everything to no avail. I have tried both factory ammunition and resizing my Lapua brass with my shellholder set to touch the ram plus an additional 1/8 turn, 1/4 turn, 3/8 turn, and even a 1/2 turn, nothing seems to work. I have been scouring the net for answers and have come up with a few things to try: (Please add to my list of things for my Gunsmith to try or give feedback, thanks).
Apparently, Savages have common problems with either the front action screw and / or front factory scope rail screw being to long and interfering with the bolts closure.
Proper chamber headspace with a headspace gauge. (Short chambered).
Bolt assembly screw may be loose.
Bolt locking lugs may be binding and need polished.
Thanks for your time,