A defect in the chamber will cause heavy bolt lift. I experienced this before. For the record this was a barrel cut by a very reputable smith.
Obviously the smith missed this in QC. He was easy to deal with and refunded my money.
I listened to a podcast with him a while back. On it, he said his son had just shot a deer at 2000 meters. Who here believes that happened?
If it did happen it wasn’t an ethical shot.
True or not it says something about his character.
I’m sure he’s a nice guy, and carries a wealth of...
What I did, and would again, is a custom
a WOA with the Match barrel extension.
I have a 24” Optic Match barrel. Built on an aero enhanced upper/lower. It shots better than many bolt actions I’ve owned.