Savage bolt a little sticky


Well-Known Member
Apr 16, 2008
Hey guys, I just got a Savage (Flat rear) with a ER Shaw .338-06 Barrel and BC Carbolite stock. I noticed when I chamber a round that half way down it gets a little difficult to close the bolt. Any suggestions as to why or how I could fix this? thanks guys!
I just got it last night. But yes I do reload my own, but these rounds were reloaded by the gentleman that I got it from. I didn't take notice if the bullets looked like they had been pushed into the lands.

It closes easily with no round in the chamber, but I notice it feels like it rubbed against the stock maybe. When I get home tonight I'm going to take the stock off and see.
if the bullets are pushing into the lands then thats what your problem most likely is although thats not really a problem. Some bullets get there best accuracy when touching the lands.
You might need to trim the brass or he had been neck sizing only and you need to FL size the brass.

Are these fire formed 06 cases? The body may have expanded to much if the shoulders were pushed to far back when necked up?

Load up a couple that has been fired in this chamber and FL size and trim.
I went home last night and tried working the bolt with loaded ammo, new sized brass, and shot brass and they all were sticky.

I took the barreled actio out of the stock and the bolt worked smoothly. I saw where it looked like the bolt knob was rubbing againsty the stock and I relieved it a bit and put the stock back on and it was much smoother.

It also looked like the bolt head has some abrasion marks on it too. Anyway I can smooth the inside out or fix that somehow?
Your front action screw maybe to long and causing the rubbing on your bolt head. When I did some work to my brothers rifle, that was the problem with his. When I had my 300WSM reamed it needed to go back to the Gunsmith after a little while. The chamber required some polishing and the head spacing backed off. Everything was a little too tight. It worked just fine after that until I fried the barrel. You may want to have the chamber looked at for any rough spots, or head spacing. My problem was loading neck sized only brass and ejecting spent rounds.

Well I figured it out. The front action screw was a bit too long, so I ground it down a hair and presto! Silky smooth action.

Thanks for all the input guys, I really appreciate the help.
Warning! This thread is more than 15 years ago old.
It's likely that no further discussion is required, in which case we recommend starting a new thread. If however you feel your response is required you can still do so.