View Full Version : 700 bolt face depth?

March 20, 2010, 10:35 PM
Can anyone tell me the bolt face depth on a or their Rem.700?

James K
March 20, 2010, 10:42 PM
Otteson says .149". Two of mine run .146" and .147". It really isn't too critical since headspace is set with a pull through reamer anyway.


March 20, 2010, 10:49 PM
So a depth of .152 isn't too far out?

James K
March 20, 2010, 10:54 PM
I wouldn't say so, but I don't know their tolerances. But see my reply on the real cause of "pierced" primers before worrying about the bolt face depth or headspace.


March 20, 2010, 11:04 PM
I put the original strong spring back in it,it helped greatly with factory ammo,just 1 pierced.The handloads I had were bad still,every 3 or 4.

March 21, 2010, 09:28 PM
Here is a sketch I made while re barreling.
I would not rely on that sketch for anything other than what I was working on that day.

I had a bunch of Rem700 take off barrels lying around, and they all measured differently.

April 2, 2010, 11:48 PM
Well,I loaded up 10 rds for the 17 and shot them.None pierced,yay,but one had a black ring around the outer edge of the primer from a little leakage.No big deal.I loaded these with a starting load of Reloder 15.No pierces but all of them were cratered a little.Probably a few thousandths.Should I just be happy and shoot the darn thing,or should I keep looking for problems?

April 3, 2010, 09:57 AM
I've found they vary. What I like to do, is measure the bolt in front of the locking lugs and set the face depth to match the bolt I'm using for the project.