Safety question re mismatched bolt

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  1. charles bonner

    charles bonner Well-Known Member

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    I am a smith and I learned this the same way i learned everything else.You do not soon forget the lessons learned by stupid mistakes!
     
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  2. archeratlrg

    archeratlrg Active Member

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    Is that halfway down the chamber with a cartridge or just closing bolt on empty chamber? Sounds like it may have been mischambered. Try sliding in a round with your finger and see if it goes all the way in.
     
  3. Frog4aday

    Frog4aday Well-Known Member

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    You are late to the 'party' and didn't read the three pages of 'attendance instructions', so I'll catch you up.

    EMPTY CHAMBER (no ammo tried)

    He tried to cycle the action when he got the gun and inserted the bolt, but the bolt stopped 1" (about) from going into battery. Checked for an action screw going in too far...nope, not that. No scope mounted, so not a scope base screw stopping the bolt.

    Waiting to hear back from the OP, but most logical explanation is the bolt was shipped with the striker in the rested (uncocked) position. And no one noticed or thought to check that. But once he cocks the striker, the bolt will go into battery and lock-up, as designed, and all will be right with the world again.
     
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  4. freddiej

    freddiej Well-Known Member

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    I am going to echo the advice given to you by a few people.. talk to the rifle smith that made the gun, send it back to him and have them track down the right bolt for the gun. Gunsmith's like to know they did a good job and if they did not, they feel duty bound to make it right. I would deal with the smith that made the rifle. it's like one of my clients coming in and telling me I did a great job or I missed something. I am always glad when a customer comes in and let's me fix what i missed or messed up.
     
  5. longrangebob

    longrangebob Well-Known Member

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    Now that mo’ specifics out —
    It being a Remington - have you cocked Bolt !?

    Kleinendorst ? Tool to dismantle & set bolt
     
  6. Ron-NJ

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    Well done Mr. Bonner!

    I talked to the CS rep earlier today and he said he was 99% sure that’s what happened. Said it is not uncommon for that to happen durin shipping. Kind of bummed the gunsmith at my local LGS didn’t figure it out but hell I sure didn’t.

    That’s also the reason I didn’t post the make of the gun. I didn’t want them to get a bunch of bad posts undeservedly if it turned out I be something simple. That’s happened to me before not surprisingly.
     
  7. charles bonner

    charles bonner Well-Known Member

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    Thanks! Glad I could help.
     
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  8. Lycanit

    Lycanit Active Member

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    Would have not assumed anything bad until you had a answer from them.... Shipping has a way of being subtle and devious.
     
  9. AZShooter

    AZShooter Well-Known Member

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    Wow such a simple fix! This site sure has some great experience to tap into!
     
  10. archeratlrg

    archeratlrg Active Member

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    Had the cocking piece/shroud turn on a old 700 Remington when I cycled the bolt to shoot a big bull elk at 15 yds. Darn thing stood there looking at me as I pulled the bolt, grabbed my pocket knife to catch the cocking piece a d pull back into proper position. He exited stage left as I slipped the bolt back into the rifle. The catch notch on the bolt had worn to the point it wasn't holding properly. A few seconds with a small round file corrected it so hopefully will be good for another 6,000 rounds or so.
     
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