Originally Posted by ADMIN
This is a thread for discussion of the article, Is Your Rifle Ready?
, By Darrell Holland. Here you can ask questions or make comments about the article.
Darrell, I have a ton of different lube brands in various containers I have bought over the years. Can you suggest which products are those which are dry lubes? I may have one on the shelf and not even know it, and don't want to buy another one if I don't need to.
As for galling, my .22-250 (built by you 14 years ago) seemed to have had problems with stiff bolt opening/closing after I required the Leupold base screws to be removed by another local gunsmith. The screws seemed to be welded in and needed removal so as to replace the original fixed bases with quick release bases. There was no problem removing the screws by the local gunsmith, but sometime after I had replaced the old bases with the new ones, I noticed that the bolt operated with difficulty. I took it to the second gunsmith (the first one was not available) and was told that I had "major problems."
I thought the problem might have originated with the gunsmith who had removed the screws and the old bases originally, but thought about it and concluded that I might have installed the QR bases with one of the longer screws being placed in front, rather than in back. This very slight protrusion allowed the bolt to operate, but with difficulty. After putting the shorter screws in front and the longer ones in back, the bolt operated flawlessly. I might have noticed the problem right away, but I hadn't shot the rifle in several years and initially didn't pay enough attention to the problem.
The moral: make sure the short and long base mounting screws are placed into the right holes and use a Loctite or similar material that will allow those screws to be removed when the time arrives.
BTW, great article. It is the only one that I have seen published where the proper way to prepare and lube the bolt mechanism has been discussed.