Headspace

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  1. Hogdaddy

    Hogdaddy St. Petersburg, Florida

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    .308 resized and trimmed military brass.
    Will a hot barrel affect headspace?
    Are what appears to be powder marks around neck of fired cases normal?
    Accuracy is MOA at 25yds. Rifle is Rem 7400.

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  2. rgilbert

    rgilbert LSB Active Member LSB TURKEY BUZZARD PRESERVATION SOCIETY SUS VENATOR CLUB

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    A hot barrel should not effect head space. The black residue on the case neck are normal.
     
  3. Hogdaddy

    Hogdaddy St. Petersburg, Florida

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    That's good news. Thought residue might be caused by change in headspace.
    Thanks.
     
  4. scrmblr1982cj8

    scrmblr1982cj8 LSB Active Member LSB TURKEY BUZZARD PRESERVATION SOCIETY LoneStarBoars Supporter

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    I've reloaded a few thousand used NATO cases for hunting. I've not had any issues from them.
     
  5. rgilbert

    rgilbert LSB Active Member LSB TURKEY BUZZARD PRESERVATION SOCIETY SUS VENATOR CLUB

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    The main thing is to check your primers for excessive pressure. You can Google it to see examples or pick up some of Lawmans brass. lol
     
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  6. Jhop

    Jhop LSB Active Member SUS VENATOR CLUB

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    A hot barrel/chamber will if anything decrease your headspace. However you'll have to be firing a belt feed full auto long enough to get the barrel glowing and drooping to make a significant change. You're more likely to have sticking cases in your chamber effecting you first. That's a big reason the military 5.56 chamber is different from a .223. It's made slightly larger to allow soldiers to continue firing when the M16/M4A1 are hot. When you start having extractration problems, it's time to let your weapon cool down.
     
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    Jhop LSB Active Member SUS VENATOR CLUB

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    The black marks are normal. It's just a little burning powder getting around the neck before the brass swells up and seals the chamber. Nothing to worry about.
     

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