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Old February 18, 1999, 08:53 AM   #1
Rich Lucibella
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In doing some range work with my Scout yesterday I encountered a problem with one specific round of new, factory Winchester Ballistic Silvertip 150gr.

Specifically, the round fed out of the magazine, the bolt ran home but I could not lock down the bolt (no vertical movement). After checking it a couple of times, I called two of the range officers over, one of whom is an avid reloader. I demonstrated the problem several times, even mixing this round
with others in the mag...same problem with this specific bullet.

Visual inspection revealed no irregularities in case length, overall length, shoulder profile or primer seat. There were no burrs or dents in the case. The
weapon has approximately 300 rounds thru it and was clean at the time of malfunction. I pocketed the bullet an finished off two boxes from the same lot without incident.

When I got home I dropped the bullet into an FN-FAL mag and cycled it thru the action without problem. I then placed it back in the Scout mag it cycled perfectly.

Any ideas?
Thanks in advance.
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Old February 18, 1999, 10:36 AM   #2
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Did you mike the round's diameter before cycling it through the FN? Perhaps it was just enough oversized that it wouldn't fit in the tight commercial chamber but could be sized by cycling through the looser chamber of the FN.

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Old February 18, 1999, 10:47 AM   #3
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I did not, and I think you're correct. I regret the inadvertent resizing, as this bullet was gonna be my ticket to a case of free ammunition from Winchester
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