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Old 03-06-2013, 02:26 PM   #1
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i'm wondering why my reloads are a tight fit in my bolt gun. everything is trimmed, sized, and within specs with my calipers? they go into the chamber just fine, but just tight when i lock the bolt. the shoot good and no problems in my AR15. thanks for any input

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Old 03-06-2013, 02:36 PM   #2
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i'm wondering why my reloads are a tight fit in my bolt gun. everything is trimmed, sized, and within specs with my calipers? they go into the chamber just fine, but just tight when i lock the bolt. the shoot good and no problems in my AR15. thanks for any input
Did you full length size them or neck size them?
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full legnth

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Its impossible to measure the shoulder of a bottleneck cartridge with calipers. You need a case gage.

Most likely you havent set the shoulder back far enough for the bolt gun. Ar15 typically have pretty loose chambers. Bolt guns tend to be chambered at or very close to saami minimum.

If your raising your shell plate up to top screwing the die down till it hits the plate method of sizer die adjustment, thats just the starting spot and is generally too long. You need a case gage to get the correct saami case measurement set.

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good point! i'll check into that

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Look into getting a Hornadey LNL Comparator to check your cases shoulder. They cost under $40. My reloads run smooth through my AR. Mickey

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You probably have a slightly tight chamber. If they work in your AR I wouldn't worry about it as long as they are usable in the bolt gun. A lot of my reloads require a little effort to close the bolt. That's not a problem.

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what case gauge do you guys like?

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Wilson is the politically correct answer.

But most of mine are Midway.

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