Contender locking bolt binding
Thank you for your post of six years ago. I just started shooting a 35Rem barrel that I bought about ten years ago at a show but did not shoot. Last week I took it out to the range and after about ten shots, I started to have great difficulty opening the action. After several more shots the hammer would not cock, it seemed that the seat mechanism was slipping out of engagement when I began to draw the hammer back. The problem was intermittent and I believe that the action was not fully closing/locking when the hammer would not stay cocked. Today I will follow your narrative and let you know what results.
Thank you. bob