The cartridge head is enclosed by the barrel, bolt and extractor, making the Model 1924 a very strong, safe design. Read more
Ballistically, the 6.5 Rem. Mag. is the equal of the 6.5-284 Norma and 6.5-06. It offers flat trajectories and deep penetration for hunting all deer species.
Are there any warning signs for overlong cases before you get a faceful of gas and maybe miss the stag of a lifetime?
Spurting blood means an artery has been hit and dragging marks are the sign of a broken leg.
I'd recommend the Adler lever-action with the synthetic stock and 20 inch barrel for handiness.
I am a big fan of the 7x57mm Mauser and applaud your choice of the Winchester Model 70.
It was put there only to reduce the strain on the firing pin spring.
The higher the sights above the barrel the farther this point is from the muzzle.
Is this problem something I can fix myself or do I need to take the rifle to a gunsmith?
I published data for that old wildcat in my first reloading manual in 1980 and since then have left it out.
Also, you don't polish chambers with a steel brush and metho. What blacksmith welded up the bolt face?
The T-Bolt's action is plenty strong enough to contain the .17 HMR cartridge.
I reckon it'd be a real barrel burner - even worse than your .223WSSM - but what a performer!