barrel headspace ?

Discussion in 'Long Range Hunting & Shooting' started by hellbound, Sep 29, 2011.

  1. hellbound

    hellbound Member

    Jul 13, 2011
    when installing barrel and setting headspace do u prefer tight bolt lockup or smooth. im using the appropiate go and no go gauges. just wonder whats preferred. i dont reload yet so will be trying different factory loads. ive heard that too tight isnt good on lugs. help me out!
  2. WildRose

    WildRose Well-Known Member

    Feb 3, 2011
    Smooth lockup. Too tight can lead to pressure issues and stuck cases.
  3. backwoods83

    backwoods83 Well-Known Member

    Jan 8, 2011
    Use your go gauge, with the firing pin assembly remove, close the bolt and tighten the barrel until its snug, then work the bolt up and down, slightly adjusting the barrel until there is a slight amount of drag to close it, and if its a belted cartridge turn the barrel counter clockwise a 1/16 to a 1/8 of an inch to allow for different brands of brass that may have a little different belt, but make sure it still will not close with the no go.