Soooo... I'll just throw this story out there and see what people think. What would you do? What were the problems?
I bought this rifle from a guy in AZ who said he had used it sparingly and on only one coues deer hunt. I had never bought a rifle that was used before and I was a little hesitant. It was exactly what I was looking for though… the perfect sheep rifle. (Custom 6.5x284, super light weight) I figured the rifle would be a tack driver regardless of the owner, due to *********'s great reputation. Included in the deal were the dies and brass. The brass I received from him was half fired, half unfired. He had neck trimmed and sized all of the unfired brass. Right away I was getting case head thinning and even some almost separated heads. The groups were not great but I had some rounds loaded and took it on a successful sheep hunt. I called the maker at this point and we talked a little. His advice was to remount the scope and get new brass. At the local sportsman’s warehouse I picked up a box of Hornady 6.5x284 and then ordered a box of Lapua 6.5x284 online. I loaded a few of the Laupua and went to the range(I did not run the Lapua through the dies as I didn’t want to mess with the shoulder at all). The shot groups were okay as I progressed up increasing powder charges. Upon return from the range I checked the cases on a RCBS case master for case wall thinning and every one showed it again. Frustrated, I worked up the Hornady brass and tried to chamber it… which it wouldn’t. The customer service at Hornady suspected a headspace issue and the guy instructed me to lower the die and really ram it home in the press to bump the shoulder back. I did. The brass chambered with difficulty. Upon bolt lift I had to jar the handle the last 10 or so degrees. I pulled on the handle backwards and nothing happened.. it was stuck. I put the butt on the table and gave the handle a rearward hit with my palm.. it was a firm hit, but not HARD by any means. The bolt went backwards with no brass. I then took a rod and put it down the bore and pushed the brass out without too much pressure at all. When I removed the brass from the action, there was the extractor and another ˝ moon metal collar. The half moon metal collar was the small little overlap of metal on the bolt that holds in the extractor. It is built on a Rem 700 titanium action. Right now it is on its way back to him to see if he can work some sort of miracle.