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#203234 - 11/05/19 06:51 PM Re: 358 JDJ Rounds Will Not Chamber [Re: JDK]
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I got my barrel back today. My loaded rounds still won't fit into the chamber. A dummy round they sent using Rem. brass does fit. There was no note, letter, or explanation with the barrel. I can only assume they sent the Rem round to show me it was my brass, even though I was told on the phone the throat was peeling plating. Also, remember my loaded rounds fit perfectly in Mech8's SSK barrel and his Rem rounds would NOT fit my chamber. If Starline brass was the problem, why does it work fine in another SSK chamber? At least one of their past chambers is different than this new chamber and that is without question.

I don't know exactly what the deal is but to say I'm irritated is an understatement. What do they expect me to do now? Buy a bunch of Rem brass that may or may not work in the barrel? They didn't offer me a lick of guidance. I had a perfectly good shooting .35 Rem. barrel, which isn't easy to find, and blew $500 to turn it into a mystery barrel promising days or weeks of frustration.
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#203235 - 11/05/19 07:35 PM Re: 358 JDJ Rounds Will Not Chamber [Re: JDK]
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That would be irritating.

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#203244 - 11/05/19 09:12 PM Re: 358 JDJ Rounds Will Not Chamber [Re: popo]
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I can't imagine the frustration. Hope you can get it sorted out.
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#203247 - 11/05/19 09:45 PM Re: 358 JDJ Rounds Will Not Chamber [Re: Chance Weldon]
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JDK: TRY POLISHING THE SHOULDER/NECK AREA WITH STEEL WOOL.
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#203257 - 11/06/19 09:03 AM Re: 358 JDJ Rounds Will Not Chamber [Re: 45MAN]
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I?m going to try Mech8?s rounds in this ?new? chamber today. If his fit, then I guess I have no choice but to switch to Rem brass and be done with it. If not, then I?ll send it back again and be up to $50 in return shipping at that point and write off using the barrel for this season.

This is not what I expected from SSK. It shouldn?t be hard to open the neck or throat or whatever until the rounds I sent fit, as they do in other SSK chambers. Maybe their focus on AR rounds has put Contender gunsmithing on the back burner? Who knows.


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#203265 - 11/06/19 11:34 AM Re: 358 JDJ Rounds Will Not Chamber [Re: JDK]
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I called SSK and was told it was the Starline brass. When asked why Starline brass worked in other SSK chambers, I was told SSK changed to a tighter necked chamber in the past. He said Remington began to make their brass a little harder and SSK started to get reports of split necks, so they tightened up the chamber neck to prevent that from happening. So, it looks like I have to buy some Rem. brass.

I really wish I would have had the change in reamer dimensions explained to me the last time I was explaining all of this to them, since I told them my rounds were fitting in older SSK chambers. That was the most puzzling part. The good news for you guys with old SSK chambers is you should be able to use the plentiful Starline brass, which is also thicker.
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#203267 - 11/06/19 12:19 PM Re: 358 JDJ Rounds Will Not Chamber [Re: JDK]
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I don't have a lot of my 1995 vintage 444 Remington brass left but if you would like to try a couple of samples I can mail them out. I could also include some that have been formed in my chamber. I could do the same for the 444 Star Line brass, if this would be of help.
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#203269 - 11/06/19 12:37 PM Re: 358 JDJ Rounds Will Not Chamber [Re: Buck_358]
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How frustrating to figure this out at this point. You think that it would be disclosed when placing the order.

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#203270 - 11/06/19 12:59 PM Re: 358 JDJ Rounds Will Not Chamber [Re: karl]
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Thanks for the offer Buck358. I?m ordering 100 Rem cases. If, for some reason it doesn?t work, I?ll send it back to SSK and tell them to keep until it works.
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#203273 - 11/06/19 02:15 PM Re: 358 JDJ Rounds Will Not Chamber [Re: JDK]
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Okay sounds good.
Might try to outside neck turn a case and see if that makes a difference.. Keep us posted.
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