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Old March 14, 2007, 03:21 PM   #1
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Does dry firing really hurt a bolt action rifle?

ive been told both that it doesn and it doesnt, im not one to dry fire my guns but i did quite a few times while messing with my trigger on my 700. does it really hurt it or am i just being paranoid? thanks, Dan
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Old March 14, 2007, 03:24 PM   #2
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Folks in the military spend hundreds of hours snapping in. Match shooters spend hundreds of hours dry firing and snapping in. In either scenario, reliability of the rifles is of primary importance. If it damaged the rifle, they would discourage it. Instead they encourage it. Go ahead, dry fire as much as you want, it won't hurt the rifle.
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Old March 14, 2007, 03:25 PM   #3
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I doubt it hurts a thing but if your worried, pop out a primer on a empty case make a pencil eraser fit and use that as a snap cap. Works as good as ones you buy.
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Old March 14, 2007, 03:27 PM   #4
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nope, not unless it is a rimfire...
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Old March 14, 2007, 03:35 PM   #5
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I agree with bolt actions, no problem. It might not be such a good idea to dry fire lever action and wheel guns all day long, but a few test pulls will not harm them either. I don't know if Rimfire rifles and pistols are any different, mean I don't know, not suggesting it doesn't hurt.
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Old March 14, 2007, 03:56 PM   #6
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I dry fire my centerfire rifles a LOT, including bolt actions. On my Rossi SS and my Marlin levergun, I engage the hammer-block-style safety when dry-firing, just for good measure.

I found some good snap caps at Sportsman's warehouse made of aluminum for .22lr. I have yet to find any snappers for .22 wmr / .17 hmr. I don't dry fire rimfires.
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Old March 14, 2007, 03:59 PM   #7
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I fired over 15,000 rounds through one pre-64 Winchester match rifle and dry fired it many more rounds than that and it still has original firing pin in it. In fact, all parts are original except it is on the 3rd barrel.

I did have to replace a broken firing pin on a match M1 garand which I had dry-fired a lot. Broke at the 90 degree bend.

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Old March 14, 2007, 04:45 PM   #8
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30+ years ago, two friends and I got Winchester 94 rifles. We'd sit in front of the TV watching stuff like Night of the Living Dead and snap the heck out of those rifles.

All three of us broke our firing pins... LOL

Ever since then I've been careful about dryfiring rifles. I'll do it occasionally, but it's basically something I try to avoid.
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Old March 14, 2007, 04:48 PM   #9
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I've never dry fired any of my rifles much. I'd always heard it was bad, but never bothered to research why.

I've seen alot of you saying its bad for rimfires... why is it more dangerous for a rimfire than a centerfire?
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Old March 14, 2007, 04:51 PM   #10
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On cheap rimfire rifles, the firing pin can peen the metal of the barrel down into the mouth of the chamber, keeping a round from feeding. On better rimfires, there is a cut for the cartridge rim and a relief cut for the firing pin so the firing pin will not hit the barrel.

On a lot of old rifles without a positive firing pin stop (like the Win 94), the constant bottoming out can crystallize the firing pin and it will shatter.
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Old March 14, 2007, 04:54 PM   #11
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Quote:
why is it more dangerous for a rimfire than a centerfire?
Firing pin on a rimfire can strike the back of the chamber completely ruining a gun. I have seen it.
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Old March 14, 2007, 11:30 PM   #12
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Some do and some don't. Ask the company that made it what is permissible.
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Old March 15, 2007, 10:29 PM   #13
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It only hurts the dealer's rifles.
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Old March 16, 2007, 03:00 AM   #14
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pop out a primer on a empty case make a pencil eraser fit and use that as a snap cap
The eraser wpn't last very long. Tire rubber or leather is better.
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Old March 16, 2007, 08:55 AM   #15
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Snap caps are cheap and last a long time.

http://www.cabelas.com/cabelas/en/te...caps&noImage=0

http://www.midwayusa.com/esearch.exe...gin+Search.y=7
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Old March 16, 2007, 05:03 PM   #16
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Dry fire away.. Good practice.

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Old March 16, 2007, 06:23 PM   #17
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Maybe a spent casing in the chamber would help to eleaviate any doubts? Just file down the rim so it does not eject every time you work the action. When done, push it out with a cleaning rod. Just a thought?
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Old March 16, 2007, 11:37 PM   #18
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All my manuals say it's O.K. But I still hate to do it. Even my 10/22 manual says it's alright.
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Old March 17, 2007, 09:50 AM   #19
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I use dry firing to help slick up my triggers and get them broken in faster. Never a problem for me. Be careful though because as mentioned above, some firearms don't like to be dry fired.
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Old March 17, 2007, 10:20 PM   #20
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Yes, '94 Winchesters are notorious for breaking firing pins when dry-fired.
Most bolt actions are safe to dry fire.
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Old March 18, 2007, 09:40 AM   #21
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Presumably if someone peened the mouth of the chamber with dry firing a rimfire, that could be fixed by re reaming the chamber but I am not gonna try it myself. Probably depends on how hard the barrel is. Like maybe they use softer steel on some rimfires as it is easier to machine and you don't need as strong a barrel as a centerfire. Then, you might end up peening the nose of the firing pin if the barrel is hard! Maybe you are more likely to break a thin firing pin or one with bends and sharp edges in it, than say a straight fat firing pin in a bolt action.
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