Re: Difficulty Retracting Bolt
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.