I'm building Woodleigh W64G in .325 WSM. To get close to the lands with the bullet I do the following :
1) Hold the rifle muzzle down and drop in a bullet, then tap it lightly.
2) put a 1/4 dowel in the muzzle and measure to the tip of the bullet.
I know the depth of a standard 2.860" cartridge in my barrel - so by simple math (depth of land seated bullet + .050 for example - gives me a seat depth and new OAL for my .050" off lands cartridge.
I do all this with care - and the cartridge will not fit in the clip of my X-Bolt! The max O.A.L. I can get in the clip is 2.900"
Am I missing something fundamental? At 2.900" I am approximately .125" off the lands.
In anyones' opinion - should I forgo the clip and make my rifle a single shot - always loading into the breech? Is the land proximity critical enough for that hassle - and danger if I am charged? I guess I could breech-load a long one and have regular 2.86"s as backup.
I don't think I can modify the clip - and I don't know if *****ing at Browning is productive. I really love this rifle - but this seems a shortcoming. Is my land measuring technique flawed? Any Ideas?