In another post in the Reloading section, I discussed a problem with a new barrel that developed a bulge about two inches from the muzzle. This is a new barrel with less that 100 rounds down the tube. I will contact the manufacturer on Monday but in the meantime, I am wondering what results I could expect if I were to shorten the barrel from 26 to 22 inches. Prior to this, I was still in the break-in process, so I was constantly cleaning it and after noticing the bulge during the cleaning process, I counted the holes in the target and it matched the rounds shot, so I am sure it was not a squib. Of course, I am hoping the manufacture will replace the barrel but I am sure I will have to bear the costs of chambering a new barrel. I will happily pay this charge if I get a new barrel. Another issue is that the primers are flattened and show craters. This can not be because of overcharge, as I am loading 23 grs of Varget, in new Lapua cases. This is two grs below maximum as listed in the Hodgdons book. Action is Remington 700 which has been trued. I am wondering if there could be a firing pin problem.