Stuck Bolt: pulled back too far?

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Stuck Bolt: pulled back too far?

Post by LyingBastard » Sat Jul 28, 2018 6:28 am

So I reassembled my Model 8, at least the non-barrel side of the business. I felt the bolt was dragging a bit so I lubed its outside before sliding it in.

I cycled it a bit carefully since I found some of the parts wanted to fall off if the trigger housing (lower receiver for the AR crowd :lol: ) was not in place. FYI I inserted trigger housing with hammer down and bolt forward so hammer could fall into the cutout in the bolt housing tail.

After securing the recoil spring back in the tube with little pin and then installing the buttstock, I pulled the bolt back...

...and it is stuck there.
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I thought it was bolt hold open, so I pressed to no avail. Then I pressed the magazine follower and nothing.
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Short of tapping the charging handle, what else can I try? Right now I already removed the recoil spring and the buttstock in preparation for removing the trigger housing.
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Re: Stuck Bolt: pulled back too far?

Post by Phyrbird » Sun Jul 29, 2018 1:35 pm

Most likely it's because the barrel is not in battery position & installed. The bolt lock lever is released by the barrel in the forward position, with round in the magazine the mag follower does not engage the bolt stop. Try this: install barrel, pull back on bolt handle, push bolt release button down on left above trigger . Hang to bolt. It should spring forward. If you do this with the barrel removed the slam of the bolt can break the bolt handle out of the bolt, be careful.

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Re: Stuck Bolt: pulled back too far?

Post by lonerockut » Tue Aug 14, 2018 3:09 am

If your not careful the bolt head will slide back and rotate on some of the well used bolts preventing it from going forward even when you try to actuate the barrel lever and the magazine lock. The lugs should be up and down and out to about the edge of the two fingers on the bottom. I would release the spring pressure first. Then, you can usually get a hold of the extractor and pull it and the bolt head forward and this should allow it to release. At least that has been how it works on my old 1907 Frankenstein 300 sav model 8.

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