The issue I have is this:
I bought a "in the works" barreled action chambered in 7mmSTW with a stainless steel select match Shilen barrel. The factory original barrel was chambered in 30/06. The bolt face was opened up for a belted magnum. I had the rifle Falcon coated (similar to teflon coating), and I converted a High Tech Sako stock to fit this older AIII action.
The rifle looks great, but when I went to work up a load for OAL (which is no problem I have almost a 1/8" clearance in the mag box), I tried to load 3 rounds in the magazine and I could not get them to stay down. After the 3rd round was loaded into the magazine, just by "bumping" the rifle all the rounds would come straight up out of the magazine.
Does anybody know..... What needs to be done to a Sako AIII originally chambered in 30/06 to be converted to a belted magnum? Is it something as simple as a new follower I would need, or is it something much more.
Please help if you have done a similar project to a SAKO AIII or know of someone who has. The rifle shoots and functions fine with just one round in the magazine, but if you want more then one round it is a no go.
This is the first Sako project I have done like this, but I have done well over 20 Remington 700's chambered in standard rounds and converted them to belted magnums and have never had a problem. Thanks for any help you can give!!!!!