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I will venture a guess. But, I am also a beginner. I am wondering if the mark is the result of the slide catching the round in the magazine. if there was more resistance than usual, for example the magazine sides being a little too tight or the ramp not quite aligned, I could see the round simply resisting a little more than usual.

Do both symptoms happen with different magazines?
 

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Strange marks indeed on the case. to see what may be causing it note the location of extractor, insert a round by hand and after firing check if it is in the location of the mark. It also could be the bottom of the bolt hitting the case as it strips it from the mag. Noting where the round sits in the chamber (for example the word Federal or the R - M roll mark at the top of the chamber would tell you at what point in relation to the bolt face is causing it.
Nice thought! I like it. Maybe even using a permanent marker on the bottom of the round to note the orientation and carefully loading the magazine.
 
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