At the expense of being labelled a fool, i post the following incident. I don't mind the label however, if it jolts someone into avoiding something similar. We have all been there at some point, but we usually are lucky and get away with it.
Was out at the range this AM working on my .280 Rem. Am happy to report its shooting like the rifle i had hoped it would be. However, i had my Tikka T3 in 7mmRM along as well as a bench mark.
You can see where this is headed. I have shot for years, and consider myself a very safety conscious individual. However, i accidently filled the 7mm magazine with .280 shells and fired one off. .280 WILL chamber into the 7mmRM, and WILL fire. Blew the plastic cap off the end of the Tikkas bolt into my thumb, and some powder burns were my injuries, and the Tikka is most likely finished. Fireing pin is gone, and so is the extractor. Bolt still works smoothly. Tikkas are lightweight, but they certainly are strong enough where needed.
Complacency has NO place on the range, and it was a cheap wake up call for me.
I will send the Tikka out for inspection.
Be safe folks.