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Old 02-10-2011, 01:49 PM
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Difficulty Retracting Bolt

Hi All,

I recently purchased a Remy 700 in .300 Win Mag (used). Inspected it, Cleaned it thoroughly, mounted a scope and hit the range with factory ammo. After firing, the bolt will lift normally (easily) but the bolt won't retract. I have to beat on the bolt handle with the palm of my hand to extract the fired case. I did not see any obvious marks on the brass however the primer appeared very slightly flattened. I checked the bolt and could not find any marks. Rifle shot under an inch with the factory ammo so i am pleased about that but the stuck bolt really bothers me. Any suggestions would greatly be appreciated.
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Old 02-10-2011, 03:45 PM
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Re: Difficulty Retracting Bolt

A friend had the same situation a couple of weekd ago at the range with his Browning A-bolt. I did not get a chance to look at it with him. So, I'm curious what you find.

random thoughts ...
- dirty chamber (his, not yours)
- scratch or not quite enough polish inside the chamber
- bolt geometry/timing (how well does it work on unfired ammo?)
- incorrect headspace (not likely)
- extractor not sliding over the rim completely (not likely)

Let us know what you find...

thanks,
richard
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Old 02-10-2011, 04:48 PM
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Re: Difficulty Retracting Bolt

Might try posting this question under the Gunsmithing forum.?

I've never seen this issue personally, sorry not much help.
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Old 02-10-2011, 06:13 PM
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Re: Difficulty Retracting Bolt

Thanks for the responses. The rifle was cleaned prior to use. The unfired factory ammo cycled without a hitch....... I thought about head space problems so a smith is looking into it for me......ie cleaning, gauging and bore scoping. Will post a response when i find out more but in the meantime any other suggestion and or comments would be helpful.
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Re: Difficulty Retracting Bolt

I had a Nagant I bought that did this. Unfired ammo cycled through great, but after firing, it would jam. That'd be my guess. Your head spacing. Let us know what you find out.
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Old 02-10-2011, 09:33 PM
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Re: Difficulty Retracting Bolt

Your action screws may be too tight. I had a savage do this and the culprit was the action screw protruding up into the action and contacting the bolt. I felt pretty dumb when I took it to my friend and he added some washers and fixed it in about a minute.
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Re: Difficulty Retracting Bolt

[QUOTE=.308ltr;472012
After firing, the bolt will lift normally (easily) but the bolt won't retract. I did not see any obvious marks on the brass however the primer appeared very slightly flattened. Any suggestions would greatly be appreciated.[/QUOTE]

If your smith comes back with everything is OK, you may want to question the factory ammo, which would be a long shot, I know. A slightly flattened primer could indicate the beginning of pressure problems. If your smith says you're good to go, you can either try the rest of the ammo you originally bought, try a different box, or maybe even both. If I had a rifle/ammo setup where the bolt wouldn't retract and there was primers "slightly flattened" I wouldn't feel comfortable in continuing with the same combination. All I'm guessing is : if it isn't something in the rifle, then it has to be in the ammo.

Good luck and let us know how things work out.
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