bolt sticking

Discussion in 'Long Range Hunting & Shooting' started by Kidder, Dec 18, 2012.

  1. Kidder

    Kidder Active Member

    Messages:
    29
    Joined:
    Nov 25, 2012
    i recently went to go sight in my scope and after the first few shots it was easy to pull the bolt back but then i had trouble pulling the bolt back to where i had to struggle with the bolt to eject the round i have not had any problems what so ever on any other bolt action rifles that i know of also the rifle i have is a 7mm rem mag remington 700 any idea of what could be causing this to happen
     
  2. bassin93

    bassin93 Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    237
    Joined:
    Jan 31, 2009
    I think you should take the bolt out and give the action a good cleaning. Did you or the kid spill coffee or pop on the bolt by chance. Just a thought. maybe something got on it and just causing it to stick
     

  3. rick523

    rick523 Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    690
    Joined:
    Apr 21, 2012
    If your shooting reloads I'd say to much pressure.
     
  4. WildRose

    WildRose Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    8,210
    Joined:
    Feb 3, 2011
    Rick is right this is usually a pressure problem.

    Are you shooting reloads? New load for this rifle? New rifle?

    If factory ammo what type?
     
  5. Kidder

    Kidder Active Member

    Messages:
    29
    Joined:
    Nov 25, 2012
    this is a new rifle and i have cleaned the bolt before i shot and after i got home and if this helps the ammo that i was using was winchester 150 grain powerpoint 7mm rem mag
     
  6. midwesthunter

    midwesthunter Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    845
    Joined:
    Feb 28, 2008
    is there any bolt markings on case head? Like the bolt turned but case didn't? Might have gotten some oil in chamber which can cause pressure problems as well.
     
  7. Tikkamike

    Tikkamike Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    4,350
    Joined:
    Dec 26, 2009
    So if I am reading this correctly you are saying that the rifle is fine for the first few shots then pressure seems to build and the bolt starts to stick?
    I have a rifle that does exactly that. It took me a long time to figure it out. But what is happening with my rifle (also a remington 700) its fine for the first 3 or 4 shots then all the sudden my pressure starts to spike. My barrel actually fouls so horribly that its causing the pressure to spike very rapidly. If I take it home and clean it its good to go again for a few shots. The rifle shoots great but it does have that issue. I am actually going to run some final finish bore lapping bullets down it to see if I can reduce the fouling issue
     
  8. mikeym1a

    mikeym1a Active Member

    Messages:
    25
    Joined:
    Jul 24, 2012
    you can havea great shooting bullet and then have pressure problems by just adding .5 grain. Be very meticulous in how you weigh your powder. Fluorescent lights can even cause digital scales to read improperly. Each rifles max load is different than what the books say.
     
  9. Kidder

    Kidder Active Member

    Messages:
    29
    Joined:
    Nov 25, 2012
    i talked to my brother and he has a remington 770 .270 and he said that he had to sight in the scope and his rifle did the same thing but it took a couple more shots than my rifle did and about the bolt i have no idea currently im at school buy when i get to the house ill look at the bolt i do remember when i was cleaning the gun i took out the bolt and there was like brass shavings at the end of the bolt i did clean the brass shavings out ill try to post pics of what the bolt looks like
     
  10. Kidder

    Kidder Active Member

    Messages:
    29
    Joined:
    Nov 25, 2012
    also these are not reloads i havent reloaded any rounds but hoping to start maybe next year possibly
     
  11. WildRose

    WildRose Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    8,210
    Joined:
    Feb 3, 2011
    You need to write that down and send it off to remington. The shavings mean the bolt face is improperly sized. What is happening is that with each shot you are getting a little more brass stuck in there which builds up and is forcing the case too deep into the chamber creating unsafe pressures.

    Stop shooting it immediately until you have this problem corrected or you could seriously damage the action and barrel and risk hurting yourself as well.
     
  12. Kidder

    Kidder Active Member

    Messages:
    29
    Joined:
    Nov 25, 2012
    so send this bolt to remington or is there any other way like a gun shop or something
     
  13. WildRose

    WildRose Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    8,210
    Joined:
    Feb 3, 2011
    You need to send in the whole rifle so they can inspect for damage and check the head spacing.

    Seriously though I would not fire another shot out of it.
     
  14. kcebcj

    kcebcj Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    1,215
    Joined:
    Jan 28, 2008
    Heed WildRose's advice. Pressure is a bad ju-ju and a sticky bolt is usually a good sign it's getting up there. I would run it into my local gunsmith explain what's happening and have him evaluate the rifle. If it's something simple have him repair it. Anything beyond that send the rifle back to Rem.