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Old October 17, 1999, 08:20 PM   #3
Peter M. Eick
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Join Date: August 3, 1999
Location: Houston, Texas
Posts: 2,991
Don't do it!

I can speak from painful personal experience!

I shoot a lot of 308's and bought a 7-08 remington bolt figuring I could do the same thing. I tried it and no problem, brass chambered and I trimmed to the same length as standard 7-08 brass.

I next (getting a bit cocky) loaded my brass up with 130 grn Seirra JHP's and I started 10% off the Seirra Max load. (I do not want to give Seirra a bad name, so no other details).

First shot my hat came off, my muffs were pulled back and I was glad I had shooting glasses. I blew the primer right out of the winchester brass and took a good blast of gas and powder right in the face (actually as I reread this it was a big blast of gas). It jamed my firing pin in the bolt, and I could barely yank the action open without tools. The primer was gone and the whole base of the case was blackened. The bolt face was lightly scored and I had to break the bolt down to get the ejector and firing pin to work again. I was lucky to have my sight. (Always, and I mean Always wear shooting glasses)

I credit my typing this to you because of good remington rifles and starting 10% down.

I know it sounds like a good idea, but I store this case on my reloading desk to remind me of my stupidity. Actually it probably made me a much better reloader because I follow every rule now and document everything.


ps: admitting my reloading stupidity is good for the soul, but I get shivers when I think about how close I came to ...
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