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Old 02-08-2017, 07:29 PM
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Unhappy 308 Lee 150 grain problems


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I have been trying to load Lee 150 Grain cast bullet but rifle action jams because the metplat hits at the entrance to the chamber.
The brass is full length sized and trimmed. It has also been checked in a case gauge.
I have tried 2.615 as an OAL all the way down to 2.500 and it still jams and doesn't enter the chamber.
Has anyone else come across this problem?
If I loaded the 150 grain any further out then only the GC would be holding the bullet in the neck.
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Old 02-09-2017, 04:12 AM
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The cartridge is 308 Winchester, or the bullet is 0.308" diameter (or both)? What firearm? What nose profile is the bullet?

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I have tried 2.615 as an OAL all the way down to 2.500 and it still jams and doesn't enter the chamber.

If I loaded the 150 grain any further out then only the GC would be holding the bullet in the neck.
Some of the above sorta conflicts. A dummy cartridge would be a real good idea until we get this sorted out.

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Old 02-09-2017, 04:50 AM
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Just a tiny bit more information would make it easier to come up with an answer:
caliber, mould number , rifle .
Taking a shot in the dark on this , If and I say IF, the round is 308 Win. , my rounds loaded with the
Lee #C309-150-F , crimped into the crimp groove , the OAL is around 2.600. I just seat and crimp in the crimp groove so OAL is not critical, the rounds feed fire and eject just fine in a Winchester model 70.
Gary
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Old 02-09-2017, 07:11 PM
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I used to shoot that bullet in my Ruger Hawkeye .308, but haven't in a while due to me getting better accuracy out of heavier bullets. I seated mine to an OAL of 2.60 and did not crimp. Sounds like you are having a feeding problem with the flat nose of the bullet catching somewhere on its journey from the magazine to the chamber. If you can single feed rounds without them being fed from the magazine, then it is not a bullet length problem. My guess is that your gun just doesn't like that flat nose bullet profile, sort of like some 1911 pistols not liking anything but ball ammo.
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Old 02-10-2017, 12:51 AM
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Yeah, like the others stated more information would be a real help.
My offhand guess is the bullet isn't lining up with the center of the chamber due to either the rifle design, a feed rail or magazine follower problem.
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Old 02-11-2017, 02:21 AM
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" My guess is that your gun just doesn't like that flat nose bullet profile, sort of like some 1911 pistols not liking anything but ball ammo. "

My guess too as I have several like that. Lever actions can be a bear with some bullets. On those I solved the problem by using something like the Lee C309-150-F.

You may have to use round nose in that rifle to get reliable feeding or do some work on it. Did you try a harder alloy yet?
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Old 02-11-2017, 03:59 AM
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One way to overcome this is to use a child pencil sharpener and break the edge of the bullets meplat. You will find the little hand pencil sharpener will make a spitzer if you want. Rounding the edge of the bullet will not affect accuracy in casual shooting and hunting situations.
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Old 02-15-2017, 12:19 PM
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The Lee 160 feeds and shoots very well in my 308.
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