Bolt will not retract

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oldsetter
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Bolt will not retract

Post by oldsetter » Fri Mar 20, 2020 2:22 pm

Well Ive got this E grade Model 8 it is beautiful BUT I cannot cycle the bolt it just will not move!
The barrel will push down when accessed from the muzzle end about even with the barrel shroud but the bolt will not move.
Kinda like going out on a blind date with someone who appears like Miss America but when she smiles she has all rotten teeth.
Any suggestions from anyone are welcome.
Id really like to find a specialist gunsmith if anyone has any recommendations FTI Im in western NC.
Thanks for any help!
gb
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kenhwind
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Re: Bolt will not retract

Post by kenhwind » Sun Mar 22, 2020 10:02 am

If this "E" Grade is in good condition I think that the bolt is glued in place from dried up solvent, which turns into something similar to dried shellac. The only thin locking the bolt is the safety/rocker and if that moves the bolt should retract. I'd take the barrel assembly off and spray some GunScrubber into the receiver, or stick the receiver in a bucket of mineral spirits.
KEN

oldsetter
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Re: Bolt will not retract

Post by oldsetter » Sun Mar 22, 2020 2:10 pm

kenhwind wrote:
Sun Mar 22, 2020 10:02 am
If this "E" Grade is in good condition I think that the bolt is glued in place from dried up solvent, which turns into something similar to dried shellac. The only thin locking the bolt is the safety/rocker and if that moves the bolt should retract. I'd take the barrel assembly off and spray some GunScrubber into the receiver, or stick the receiver in a bucket of mineral spirits.
Safety moves freely have not tried to "take-down" as in removal of the forearm and separate the barrel assembly. I did unscrew the forearm which seems not to move but have not tried to use any force to separate the two.
Truth is I'm a bit afraid of this thing since it is from an estate and I have no clue if there is a cartridge in the breach or magazine.
Very strange that I cannot move the bolt at all the bolt release seems normal not movable.
gb
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kenhwind
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Re: Bolt will not retract

Post by kenhwind » Sun Mar 22, 2020 4:44 pm

with the safety down you should be able to see the hammer if it is not cocked. And if it is in the fired position then the riffle cannot go off as you do not know if its loaded.
The safety level isn't loose is it?
KEN

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