Bolt play?

Discussion in 'Rifles, Bullets, Barrels & Ballistics' started by BRrooster, Jan 6, 2013.

  1. BRrooster

    BRrooster Member

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    I may have a bit of a problem. I have my Rem 700SPS stainless 7-08, stripped down to do some trigger adj, and closing the bolt , I noticed some play in the bolt position. With the bolt closed, there is play forward and back towards the chamber. I can actually get a measurement of .020 with an old feeler style
    gauge, between the forward part of the bolt handle and the bolt handle slot
    in the action. With a dummie cartridge chambered there is no play.
    This isnt normal is it? I have only had the rifle for a couple of months and not shot more than 50 reloads thru it. The brass has been used maybe 3 times, and not with overly hot loads.
    thanks
    bruce
     
  2. Lefty7mmstw

    Lefty7mmstw Well-Known Member

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    normal, yep, as long as she's fine when the round's in. All my remmy's have a bit of play when empty.
     

  3. 7stw

    7stw Well-Known Member

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    Yup, +1, " what he said" .
     
  4. brentc

    brentc Well-Known Member

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    If you think there's a lot of play with Rem, you should feel a Savage sometime. The important part is whether or not the lugs are square when the bolt closes.