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So during this odyssey I talked with Jim Mitchell in Breckenridge about my "problem" and rechambering to 30-30AI. He speaks highly of the AI in 30-30 as one of the best AI upgrades, but more importantly he told me about what is probably causing the problem.
Jim says they are seeing a lot of rimmed ammo rims that run on the thin side, thereby causing symptoms that mimic excessive headspace when it really isn't. Seems the ammo makers are saving on brass by thinning it as much as SAAMI specs allow.
Incidently, my headspace is pretty much minimum. I feel very slight drag when closing on the Go gauge.
So, all you rimmed cartridge shooters out there, here is another reason to fireform and headspace off the shoulder. My groups have shrunk significantly since jamming boolits to blow out the factory cases to fit the chamber.
This old Ugly Duckling 340 may get taken out a little more now. Like the song says:
If you want to be happy for the rest of your life
Never make a pretty woman your wife
So for my personal point of view
Get an ugly girl to marry you