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Handloads Jamming Bolt
Ivan9686 Member Posts: 38 ✭✭
edited November 2013 in Perry Shooter Competition Shooting and Reloading Forum
The bolt on my Weatherby Vanguard 30-06 jammed and would not chamber some 168 gr Hornady Amaxs I loaded with a Lee Classic reloader. These do not have crimping grooves and per Lee guidance, should not be crimped. The once fired commercial cases were sized and trimmed to specs and the loaded product was measured for specification. I did note the cases had a definite ridge around the neck. They work fine in a NEF handi rifle. Any suggestions on what on the issue and a remedy.
You might have a tight chamber and a loose die even tho both are within the specifications.
Did you chamfer the case necks after trimming?
If the brass hull chambers hard without a bullet, try adjusting the sizing dies down to where it touches the shellholder with a slight breakover of the press arm so as to further full size the case. If the hull still chambers hard in the Weatherby try a RCBS sizing die. If still no go fire couple factory shells in the rifle then send your RCBS sizing die and your fired hulls to RCBS and they will make you a sizing die at a very reasonable cost if any. (they will custome make a die for your guns chamber using the fired case for reference
They work fine in a NEF handi rifle. Any suggestions on what on the issue and a remedy.
Just a question, did you shoot them out of the NEF handi rifle first then only Neck size for your Vanguard?
I'm just guessing that there's something amiss with the way you're sizing or seating.
My daughter's Savage 243 is a PITA due to it's minimum headspace. I keep a set of brass specifically for that rifle since I've not found sizing dies that will resize cases from another rifle to fit 100% of the time.
I kinda suspect you may be distorting the shoulder area just behind the neck when you are seating the bullet, but this is just a guess from my past experience.
if this isn't it, then mic the case right at the body/shoulder junction (on the actual body just behind the shoulder). If the fired cases are thinner in dia at this point than they are after seating a bullet, then your seating die body is too far down, back it off a turn or two. As stated by several other members.