Disappearing ejector marks

Discussion in 'Rifles, Bullets, Barrels & Ballistics' started by winmagman, Jul 18, 2004.

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  1. winmagman

    winmagman Well-Known Member

    Mar 13, 2003
    I was breaking in a new barrel on my 6.5-284 this morning and checking pressure at the same time. I started with 45 grs. of Re22 with a 140 gr SMK and worked up in .5gr increments. At 46.5 I got a very slight ejector mark. so faint you had to hold the case just right in the sunlight to see it, the bolt opened just fine. At 47.0 grs I had the same thing. At 47.5grs.(Sierras listed max) no marks at all, and the cases continued to be fine all the way up to 51.0 grs. when the bolt started to get a little sticky.
    Any body have any ideas what might have happened? I've only been reloading a couple of years and have never seen this before.
    Thanks in advance
  2. Coyote Hunter

    Coyote Hunter Well-Known Member

    May 1, 2002
    I don't know....what exactly did happen anyway?
  3. doc76251

    doc76251 Active Member

    Jul 19, 2004
    Were you using unfired brass? Some times unfired brass is not quite "hardened" and will show signs similar to what you are describing on the first firing or two. If you were using a mixed bag that may be your answer. Otherwise.......ya' got me. [​IMG]

    Cheers [​IMG]