Hey guys, was wondering on your thoughts. I have a Savage 11VT that has a Choate Stock and SWFA 10X42 MilQuad. However I have been having issues with over-pressure.
Even reloading factory Hornady factory ammo I find loose primer pockets. I can not approach max loads on Hodgdon website for fear of blowing primers.
I find that I can not load an ELD-Match bullet at Factory Length (2.800) let alone SAMMI length of 2.810. I show 2.750 with that bullet to the lands. As posted in previous post. With 0.050" crush into the lands no wonder it over pressures.
Other interesting note... If you take fired brass and drop it into a GoNoGo gauge it will seat and check OK when you add light finger pressure as you would to just check fit. Does not drop in completely but when you go to feel it it sure does. Need to tap out lightly. Gauge is Lyman multi-cartridge unit.
Also noted in previous post even the 178 ELD-X while it can be loaded longer seems to hit pressure signs very early too. Lee manual says 44.7 gr of IMR 4064 for 180gr and 45.6 gr for 175 gr. Even at 2.825 COAL if I shoot 42 gr of IMR 4064 I see signs of over pressure.
What the heck is going on? The ultra conservative as I am told Hornady Manual says 42.4 for Varget (the IMR 4064 for bullets above and below are within 0.1 gr of Varget) and I am using Hornady Brass.
After a long discussion today with one gentleman at the store of the range I went to today and a guy he said was a guru of .308 they both seemed concerned and said I should get my rifle inspected by a GOOD gunsmith. They were thinking of sending to see one guy near my house but said I should see a really good guy just a bit up the road. No they did not sell me anything. Would not. Said gun needs to be checked first.
I even checked my rifle tonight with a full length resized case and chambered OK. Nice and easy. Then checked with a lightly Lee Collet Neck sized piece and it would not chamber easily. Found the Collet Neck sizer would also not fit GoNoGo guage. Hmmm......
Do I have an undersized chamber and SHORT throat?
I am so frustrated. Just seems it should not be this hard.
Any thoughts or advice greatly appreciated.