At this point I will not mention the name of the one who sold me the rifle in question as the fellow may opt to do the right thing and step up to take care of the cost involved whatever they may be.
I purchased ($$$$$$) a Browning M-71 recently that was supposed to be in .450 Alaskan. The short story is that it is NOT. I recieved a partial but adaquate set of forming and sizing dies, .348 Winchester cases. and some Remington 405 grain bullets.
After fire forming the cases to "final" dimension I noted that the full lenth sizer stopped about .135" short of the fire formed shoulder. I called RCBS thinking the die was faulty. Sent the whole of the die sets to RCBS who wrote me back stating the fire formed case was unlike any they have ever made dies for and was not a .450 Alaskan.
Generally the case dimensions are undersize (but for the neck which is correct as far as it goes) all the way around. Length is also good and leaves a little room for trimming to 2.145".
So after all this the question is: Does anyone out there know a really good gunsmith who is intimately familliar with the .450 Alaskan or Akley Improved or even the .450 Fuller who could finnish the chamber reaming in this rifle which seems to be all it needs.
Any feedback here would be very much appreciated.