In this segment of Photo-of-the-Day (POTD), one of my co-writers Hyracha tipped me off to this very interesting story that you will soon read. Accurate Ordnance LLC, a company out of Georgia, shared this entertaining, but concerning tale on their Facebook page.
And in today’s edition of, ‘I thought I had seen everything’….
Guy comes into shop yesterday and says his factory Savage rifle in 6.5 Creedmoor shoots bad. How bad? Says he can’t hit a 8.5″x11″ sheets of paper at 25 yards (yes, 25 yards). We noticed the barrel nut was mangled from someone using channel locks on it and you could tell barrel was about 1/10″ or slightly more from where it was originally. We ask what ammo and guy throws two boxes of factory ammo on counter. One box is mostly full, all original packaging. Guy says that ammo doesn’t shoot well but is better than other box. So, we open other box which just contains loose rounds.
The loose rounds were .243 Win! LOL!!! Problem solved!
The guy’s buddy was trying to stuff the .243 ammo into chamber. When bolt wouldn’t close he bumped the barrel nut out until bolt would close. Then they proceeded to launch 6mm projectiles through a 6.5 barrel.
We offered to re-set the headspace on the rifle so it would at least be, you know, SAFE. And the guy said no thanks….
I mean, who woulda thought, right?
.243 ammo on left, 6.5 on right……
So there is an important lesson to be learned here… do not slip when using channel locks! Err, wait… Let your local gun shop reset your headspace if need be! No… no… that is not right either. How about… If your gun is chambered in 6.5 Creedmoor, maybe only try shooting 6.5 Creedmoor out of it! Yeah, yeah, that is the moral of the story here. Surely, this will be a lesson not soon forgotten by all parties involved.