sticky bolt??

Discussion in 'Rifles, Bullets, Barrels & Ballistics' started by skeeter, Sep 4, 2004.

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  1. skeeter

    skeeter Well-Known Member

    Sep 2, 2004
    Is ther a differnce in a [hard to lift bolt] than a [hard to pull back bolt..]In signs of high pressure?
    Thanks skeeter
  2. Guest

    Guest Guest

    When the bolt is harder to open after firing a round that is sticky bolt lift associated with high pressure or a poorly cut chamber.

    A bolt that is hard to pull back is just a sticky bolt , maybe dirty or may be in a bind , from poor machining or maybe from the action being in a bind from over tightened action screws
  3. Ray Meketa

    Ray Meketa Well-Known Member

    Aug 10, 2004
    Remove the firing pin assembly and try the bolt on an empty chamber. If it works smoothly the bolt fit is OK. If not you need to find out why and fix it. A bolt handle that is hard to lift after a round has been fired is usually the result of high pressure. If the handle lifts easy but is hard to pull back that can mean your brass is sticking because it needs to be body sized. Could also mean a dirty chamber or dirty brass.
  4. TOM H

    TOM H Well-Known Member

    Dec 24, 2001
    If you use inline dies and get hard bolt lift tell you the case needs to be resized or shoulders set back. I get that sometimes after 5 firing on a mag.