308 Headspace Gauges Needed

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tomcat030
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308 Headspace Gauges Needed

Post by tomcat030 » Sun May 18, 2014 11:26 pm

So I have a new to me Savage 10 in 308. I took it out for the first time today. My plan was to get on paper with some Tula and then fine tune with some brass cased ammo. I was on paper, looking great, and walking it in when the shot sounded duller than the ones before. The case failed to extract and I noticed the extractor parts on the table after I opened the bolt. Once I tapped the case out with a cleaning rod I found a rupture on the base. It was perfectly in line with the deepest part of the rim about a 1/3 of the way around. I was able to recover the extractor and spring but the detent rolled away.

I want to hope that it is just a case failure due to steel cased ammo. I think running a headspace gauge in it will put me at ease. There are no visible cracks or distress to the bolt face, extractor, or chamber.

Does anyone in the Sarasota area have a set I could borrow?

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