A complete disassembly and cleaning had no impact on how 'stiff' the bolt is to close. It is definitely related to the extractor riding over the rim of the cartridge. Under high magnification the extractor isn't perfect. But I don't think it is a burr on the extractor itself. I did not take the bolt apart. I soaked it overnight and it appears to function as intended.
I'm open for suggestions on why it is so hard to close the bolt. I may need to take it to my smith at this point.
Last edited by johnm1; December 12, 2012 at 08:59 PM.
Reason: Corrected spelling. Because spelling does count