257 weatherby help

Discussion in 'Reloading' started by jones, Jun 3, 2011.

  1. jones

    jones Well-Known Member

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    hey guys, i have a 257 weatherby in a remington 700 action that i just got back from the gunsmith. the barrel is a broughton 26" barrel. My scope finally came in and so i went to the range today to put break in the barrel and to sight the scope in. i had 3 factory weathery rounds and they chambered and shot fine. but when i went to my handloads the bolt would go all the way forward but i wasnt able to close it.

    the brass was from my vanguard before i sold it and had the gunsmith build my new rifle. i am using froster seater and sizer dies set up per their directions.

    does it seem like i dont have the dies set up right? im kinda at a lost as to why my handloads wouldnt chamber. is there something that i can change so i can still use the brass or am i going to have to buy new brass? If yall can help me out i would really appreciate it. thanks for your time.
     
  2. MT4XFore

    MT4XFore Well-Known Member

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    It sounds like you might have a match chamber, which means a chamber cut to minimum dimensions. The cure for that is usually buying new brass, in fact I would recommend that anytime you have a new barrel chambered. Innovative Technologies makes a die for belted magnums that re-sizes the brass immediately above the belt. I suspect that would work too.The web site is: Innovative Technologies - Reloading Equipment . I suspect that will solve the problem also. Take your choice, but I would still recommend new brass. Good luck.
     

  3. jones

    jones Well-Known Member

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    Ok thanks for ur help. that makes sense I didn't think about that when I did the loads. Me in my dad both have a 7 mag, his is a remington action n mine is a weatherby action. I forgot which way it is but either I can't chamber his rounds n he can chamber mine or he can't chamber mine in I can chamber his. Guess every chamber is diff.

    Got another ? for ya, which brass would u recommend. Wetherby, norma or nosler?
    Again thanks for help
     
  4. MT4XFore

    MT4XFore Well-Known Member

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    Norma makes Weatherby, so whichever you can get the cheapest. I'm not familiar with Nosler's brass but I have heard conflicting reports about it.
     
  5. sp6x6

    sp6x6 Well-Known Member

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    Ask your smith how he reamed your chamber. Most factory brass is short as much as .005.You probably just are not getting shoulder bumped back enough. I had to turn my forester die about 1/4 past touch to get the shoulder back .002. I dont like caming my press like that so I just touched my shell holder to my vertical belt sander, they also make shell holders with varing thickness for this sold in a set of 5. you want all same make of brass and track times sized, if your brass is not shot out it should be fine, I prefer the norma brass / weatherby
     
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  6. jones

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    i played with my sizer die today. i turned it down a little bit then resized the brass and then tired to load it, till i was able to chamber it. i think that might have been the problem, that i didnt have it down far enough.

    should i go ahead and resize the rest of my brass this way, or should i do like MT4XFore said and just buy new brass? what is the advantage of using new brass when you get a new rifle?
     
  7. MT4XFore

    MT4XFore Well-Known Member

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    if you can size them now so that they chamber ok, then go ahead and do that. But like 6x6 said, you should keep track of # of times reloaded. It's always good to start with new brass.
     
  8. jones

    jones Well-Known Member

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    Ok thanks for yalls help