Thanks for the links everyone.
and yes, i am sure it is bent. when you pull it back, there is noticeable resistance with the action, also when closing the bolt, the bolt closes about 80% of the way and needs a little tap to close all the way, if i pull the action open a little, it will stay just where I leave it.
i compared it to my good op rod, and it does curve out a good bit more than it should.
I have also been pondering this: using an op rod from a 7.62 garand in the 30-06. i know it will fit, but will the rifle cycle correctly? the op rods for a 762 are about a half inch shorter, so the extra space could cause a problem in cycling I assume.
just something ive been wondering about.