A few years ago while out, I got into a situation where I chambered a round but ended up not needing it. So I tried to eject the round, and the bolt was stuck. I really didn't want to keep a round in the chamber so I really whacked the bolt, and it pulled the shell out, but the bullet was still in there. Spilled powder everywhere. So now I'm stuck a few miles from camp with a useless rifle.
Got back to camp and was able to use a tent pole to get the bullet out.
Rifle is a Winchester M70 in .338 win mag. I don't remember who made the rounds, but they were off the shelf, not handloads. I know they were a premeium safari grade, 250 grain, with nickle shells. My rifle never really shot them that well, but it was acceptable for hunting, could this be why? It sure likes the Remington coreloct 225's alot better. Maybe the chamber in my gun is short?
So now I always cycle all of my shells through the rifle, making sure I can extract them after I chamber them. I had never even though of this before untill it happened.
So is this a basic thing that I never learned to do? I have never heard of it happening before. Maybe this will keep someone from having the same problem.