Feeding Problem on my Model 70, .375 H&H
So I was at the range today with four different loads of 300 grain North Fork soft points. On my way to the range I picked up some "cheap" Federal factory ammo to do some sighting in first.
After firing off several of the Federals and getting the zero roughly 2 inches high at a 100 yards with no feeding issues, I moved on to the NF loads. I loaded the NF bullets last night with brass that had been shot once before. I measured the length of the brass prior to loading and all pieces were under the maximum, so I did not trim any cases.
While shooting, I loaded the magazines each time with either 3 rounds or 2 rounds. I had 20 bullets made up with 5 shots per each of the 4 different powder loads, so 3 and 2 was the logical way to load them.
On several occasions the bullets did not want to feed properly into the chamber. They came up out of the magazine it seemed with no problem. But when going into the chamber the bolt would stop short. After a bit of jiggling or starting over with the bullet resting on the magazine, they would feed. But obviously this isn't the way it should be.
When I originally fired this brass it was with Nosler Accubonds and no feeding issues whatsoever. Again, the Federal factory ammo also did not have a feeding problem.
So the difference with the problem loads today was using the North Fork bullets and once fired brass. I have a hard time believing the bullet had anything to do with this problem. I'm guessing it was the brass being a little bit longer and the bullet jammed on the neck.
What do you all think? And what should I do about this?
Thanks for your replies.