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Thread: New Rifle Won't Chamber Rounds!!!

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    New Rifle Won't Chamber Rounds!!!

    Need some help/advise.

    I brought a Remmy 700 SPS about 4-6 weeks ago. Just been setting it up with the scope Santa brought me for Xmas ready for a range day tomorrow. As part of my checks I chambered some brass I've prepared and it won't chamber, goes really tight at the end, I can force it in but it's not right and certainly does chamber in normal conditions.

    My test round was a dummy round I created to check my length etc. (no primer or powder) I then also checked a factory round and this too wouldn't chamber!! It sounds like a problem with the rifle but can't see how.

    My dummy round was full length sized with hornady dies, trimmed to 1.746" the bullet is a 55grn VMax seated to an OAL of 2.220"

    I'll phone the gunshop where I purchased it from tomorrow and see what they say, the rifle has never fired a round.

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    Check the chamber is clean, I've had it when just a piece of cotton from a cleaning patch is enough to stop a round from chambering. Likewise make sure the bolt face/lugs are clean.
    Will the gun chamber full length full sized brass without the bullet seated?

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    A fellow rifle club member had a similar problem with his new .300wm only a few weeks ago. We couldn't see what the problem was on the range but I did a search on the internet when I got home. Apparently swarf and other debris in the bolt is a well known problem with recent new Remington rifles but stripping the bolt and cleaning it normally solves the problem. In the case of the fellow club member it was a slightly different problem and the magazine wasn't lined up properly leading to poor presentation of rounds for feeding into the chamber and some shaving of brass.
    It's the calibre of the shooter that counts not the calibre of the rifle.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Deeredriver View Post
    Check the chamber is clean, I've had it when just a piece of cotton from a cleaning patch is enough to stop a round from chambering. Likewise make sure the bolt face/lugs are clean.
    Will the gun chamber full length full sized brass without the bullet seated?
    Gave it a good clean and it still doesn't chamber properly, it also won't chamber a piece of FL sized brass with no bullet. I don't believe it's the brass getting stuck as it falls out the chamber when the bolt is removed, when things have been right in previous rifles you have to tap the stuck brass out from the muzzle end.

    It bolt gets stuck on the last 1/8" of travel just before it moves down to lock in place. When I forced it to lock in place the brass had a nasty mark on it from the extractor claw.

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    One of the members of the target club had a problem with a new remmy 700 a few moths ago it was spliting cases. I had exessive headspace. The dealer refused to sort it out as the guy had used his own reloads so he must have over presuresed it! My mate was going off the hogdon realoding data and had only fired the minumum recomeded as he was going to build up his loads.

    Might be worth taking it back pefore they try and say you caused the problem?

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    definitely take it back. Let the gundealer sort it before you fire it, then he has no comebacks and if it needs to be replaced there is no argument.

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    How did you "prepare" the brass? Screw the FL sized down a bit more, resize, and see if that works. Some thirty aught-six new brass closes tight in my Savage I need to put an extra 1/8 turn on the die to get it to chamber cleanly. ~Muir

    And just a thought: Have you tried chambering a round without the scope mounts in place?

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    Muir may have hit it on the head, try with scope mounts removed, I had it on a remmy once had the screws from the leupold bases the wrong way round, one is longer than the other and it was preventing the bolt closing .

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    Sounds thats what it could be, a factory load worth trying if muirs theory is wrong

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    I had the same problem and the solution was as Muir describes, turning the die down a bit more.

    What does it do with a factory round? Ooops, swaro beat me to this one.

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