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JJD's picture
Location: Right Side WA state
Joined: 11/07/2008
Posts: 208
Cartridge Length

I have used the method that Romey posted.
Another twist is to use a cheap, non permanent felt pen and making sure the black dries totally before attempting to chamber the round. One has got to be very careful when inserting the round into the chamber as any scuffing on insertion messes up the result.

Don Fischer's picture
Location: Antelope, Ore
Joined: 03/24/2005
Posts: 3206
Cartridge Length

OK. To find the right OLL for his chamber isn't all that involved. Remove the bolt from ther rifle and drop a bullet into the chamber. Insert a dowel, pencil ect, behind the bullet to hold it against the lands. Now run a cleaning rod down the barrel with a plug in the rod, to the tip of a bullet. Hold the rod there and mark the cleaning rod with a pencil at the muzzle.

Remove the bullet and re-install the bolt. run the cleaning rod down the barrel again to the bolt face and again mark the rod at the muzzle. remove the rod and measure between the marks. Seat a bullet in a case to that point then turn the seater down one more turn and he'll be off the lands. Once he get's a good shooting load he can fool with the seating depth, more or less, to tweek the load.

WesternHunter's picture
Joined: 05/05/2006
Posts: 2374
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Go this from some wise soul I once had the privilege of running across. It has worked beautifully for me when ever I reload for a new rifle.

Take a deprimed empty case and full length size it in the die. Use your bench vise to clamp the newly resized case at the side walls. Try not to over torque your vise jaws and crush or distort the case. I would highly recommend using polymer padded jaw covers for your vise here. Take a Dremel tool (or a fine toothed mini hacksaw, 36 tpi) with a fine cutting wheel and cut two intersecting cuts from neck down to the shoulder, basically a + sign cut. It required a delicate touch and patience here, so take your time and do this with care. This will give you four flexible prongs at the case neck and enough springy pressure to hold the bullet firmly yet allow it to get pushed to the proper depth when cloing the bolt. It will only work right if you resize your case before you make your cuts. You now have an inexpensive C.O.L. sizer. What ever your chose to make your C.O.L. just make sure that the bullet ogive isn't touching the lands (rifling). Good luck.

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