Problem with Rem 700

seans

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My buddy has a 700 in 30-06 that he has had for years with no issues. He asked me to take a look at it because it started to become very difficult to close the bolt on an unfired round maybe 1 out of every 5 shells. This is factory ammo and it has had the issue with several ammo brands.

I examined it and don't see anything obvious. There are actually some small brass shavings visible at different points on the bolt face.

Any ideas?
 

rcoody

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My buddy has a 700 in 30-06 that he has had for years with no issues. He asked me to take a look at it because it started to become very difficult to close the bolt on an unfired round maybe 1 out of every 5 shells. This is factory ammo and it has had the issue with several ammo brands.

I examined it and don't see anything obvious. There are actually some small brass shavings visible at different points on the bolt face.

Any ideas?

Clean the chamber. Use a chamber brush and solvents. Probably a buildup of crude from never being cleaned. disassemble the bolt and clean it as well.
 

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Clean the chamber. Use a chamber brush and solvents. Probably a buildup of crude from never being cleaned. disassemble the bolt and clean it as well.

Try what rcoody suggests and see if that solves the problem. If it doesn't, don't fret about it and waste a lot of time unnecessarily. Have someone with a bore scope (a gunsmith will have one of course) and see what's actually going on inside the chamber.
 

seans

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Yes, closes easily on empty chamber and it is not every loaded round - only like 1 in 5 or 1 in 10
 

ShtrRdy

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Yes, closes easily on empty chamber and it is not every loaded round - only like 1 in 5 or 1 in 10


That does sound like a chamber scrubbing is needed. Also, check to see if the ejector is binding in the bolt face and check that a rim snaps under the extractor easily.
 

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That does sound like a chamber scrubbing is needed. Also, check to see if the ejector is binding in the bolt face and check that a rim snaps under the extractor easily.

need to disassemble that bolt. Strip it all the way down. There is a special tool for that. Probably dried up oil and gunk in the ejector hole and around the extractor spring area. I like to clean them in my ultrasonic. Warning though. Sometimes an ultrasonic will damage the finish.

nobody ever cleans the chamber or strips down the bolt and cleans it. Now I am not saying it needs to be done very often. Depends on how much shooting you do. Lots of attention to the bores though and I don't think they need that much attention.

this is a picture of a chamber brush. It will clean the locking lugs and the chamber

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this is a picture of the bolt disassembly tool. Good videos on brownels website on how to do it

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Find a round that has issues, remove the bolt and snap that round into bolt face. Install the bolt while holding the round straight, if it now chambers fine your extractor needs worked on. This has been a common issue with recent Remington's.
 

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Rem. 700 extractor could have carbon buildup under it. Not the easiest to clean but necessary to provide chambering and extraction ease. If you don't clean it you will eventually break it. Just my thought on this.
 

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The easiest and fastest way to disassemble a 700 bolt is with your lace up boots.
I'm am an Aussie, don't know your coins well, but a 5c piece should fit. Take a loop of your boot laces and double tie it so it doesn't slip, put it on the rear cocking piece protrusion and pull the cocking piece back, hold it, and place your coin in the slot (right hand side on right hand bolt) on the cocking piece sleeve, relax the tension until the coin takes the strain, then simply unscrew the firing pin assembly, done.
Most problems with Remington bolts, however, is gunk built up in the ejector plunger hole, cleaning this is not easy, I would soak the disassembled bolt in petroleum spirit 1-2 days, blow with compressed air until fluid runs clean. The ejector MUST move freely with finger pressure, if it doesn't, you WILL destroy the extractor eventually.
I had an 80's vintage 700 that the pin holding the cocking piece to the firing pin would dislodge after 200 or so shots, it was a chore getting it back where it was supposed to be, in the end I made a new pin and moved it on, Remington here wouldn't repair it unless I paid for it.

Cheers.
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A penny fits perfectly.
I pull down on a hard edge of a table , then slip the penny in and unscrew.:)
 

seans

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Thanks guys. Inside of bolt was a rust bucket. Cleaned it and lubed and cleaned chamber good. Hopefully, that does the trick. Waiting for HS stock to get here this week and then will take to the range to see.
 

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Thanks guys. Inside of bolt was a rust bucket. Cleaned it and lubed and cleaned chamber good. Hopefully, that does the trick. Waiting for HS stock to get here this week and then will take to the range to see.

now that your bolt and chamber are all clean and shiny make sure you put some grease on your bolt locking lugs. The back side is where it locks up in the locking lug recess. It will keep your bolt lugs from galling. I use brownells Action Lube plus.
 

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And treat the bolt spring and firing pin with dry Silicon lube. Not anything that will collect grit.
 

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