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Cosmoline
December 7, 2008, 05:28 PM
This has been a frequent topic over the years, and I thought we might share some techniques on shooting C&R rifles. The short and straight bolt handles often generate puzzlement from those use to curved bolts handles.

I've developed two methods for my Mosins. The first is used prone or at a rest, when the left hand is relatively free. The left hand works the bolt and the cheek weld maintained. The pinky finger needs to be kept straight to avoid getting pinched between the handle base and the receiver, but you'll figure that out quick. Here is a demonstration video with my Tikka M91:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=APHj5GIAGdw

The second is used off hand or when the barrel is otherwise not supported. It is faster, but obviously without the rest it isn't as accurate. The palm of the hand and thumb are used to cycle, and the arm moves as a whole not just the wrist. This gives the major muscles a chance to come into play and resolves some of the stubborn bolt issues. :

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-pvQ72x8oCs

RamSlammer
December 8, 2008, 02:19 PM
Looks great. You just left out the part about pounding the bolt with a rubber mallet when it sticks.

gandog56
December 8, 2008, 03:43 PM
None of mine stick anymore. Even though I still have some of that green lacquered Czech Silvertip.:cool:

Cosmoline
December 9, 2008, 02:54 AM
I've never had a sticky Finn.