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  • Wiliamr

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    The rim looks slightly battered. Take the round out and put it in the gauge backwards. If you can not get the rim to go into the gauge then the issue is the rim edge has been hammered enough to be oversized and is not that bad an issue. You could try if it is is battered to lightly buff the edge with a coarse fingernail file.LIGHTLY
     

    MrRobot

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    @rotor Here are the pictures. Hopefully, it's clear enough.

    @hornetguy it was brass that I picked up from the range. A lot of the brass I have is range mixed in from my gun as well.

    @Wiliamr Slides right into the gauge without any issue. Stops less than half of course when it goes in.

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    rotor

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    @rotor Here are the pictures. Hopefully, it's clear enough.
    Looks perfect in the gage. Do you have a lee factory crimp die? I bet it runs perfect if you use the Lee die. The ammo checker is more responsive to diameter of the case. A slight bulge when the bullet goes in can make the brass stick up like that in an ammo checker. Bet it passes if you do a factory crimp with lee die. Even so, I bet it drops perfectly in your barrel.
     

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    @rotor Here are the pictures. Hopefully, it's clear enough.

    @hornetguy it was brass that I picked up from the range. A lot of the brass I have is range mixed in from my gun as well.

    @Wiliamr Slides right into the gauge without any issue. Stops less than half of course when it goes in.

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    Then I think the round is fine. If you have a micrometer and you set it to the correct rim diameter, you will most likely find that the rim is oversized or not true round.
     

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    @Wiliamr , I don't have a micrometer yet. I will have to invest into one of those. If I understand this correctly I could still load this round in my AR and it should fire or should I not take a chance on it?
     

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    If it will chamber then shoot it. The gauges are just a guideline. I have two .308 gauges and some rounds fail the plunk test in one but all do just fine in the other, and they all chamber just fine in my gun.
     
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    TexMex247

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    I would try to shoot it without hesitation. The AR chamber/bolt design won't lock up or fire a round that doesn't fully chamber. I've made some great shooting 65gr bullets for my White Oak rifles that won't chamber in anything else. They feed and the bolt appears to go into battery but the rounds don't shoot. The only downside is that you could jam up a rifle pretty good especially if you get happy with your forward assist.
     

    Wiliamr

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    @Wiliamr , I don't have a micrometer yet. I will have to invest into one of those. If I understand this correctly I could still load this round in my AR and it should fire or should I not take a chance on it?
    I would fire it in mine. If you are nervous about it, pull your bolt carrier, remove the firing pin and snap the round into the bolt. If it fits in the bolt recess, it shuold chamber fine. The next check is, drop the round into the chamber and slide the bolt carrier without the firing pin in it, and see if the bolt will lock up. If so, reassemble and shoot away.
     

    Dawico

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    @Wiliamr , I don't have a micrometer yet. I will have to invest into one of those. If I understand this correctly I could still load this round in my AR and it should fire or should I not take a chance on it?
    Load it and shoot it.

    You can check the rim with your caliper but it's not necessary.

    Dropping a round in a gauge isn't the same as it getting slammed home by a bolt carrier.
     
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