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Old November 22, 2013, 12:33 PM   #1
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Marlin 917v. I might have messed it up?

Marlin 917v .17hmr. I removed the bolt for the first time ever to clean it. Now with the bolt back in place it is resting pretty tightly against the "plate" that the safety is on. There is only one way that the bolt can go into the gun, right? I can move the bolt and what not it just seems a little stiff and I can't remember if it was that way to begin with. The firing pin does click when you squeeze the trigger, but it looks like there may be a little space between where the bolt meets the barrel. What do you guys think?
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Old November 22, 2013, 10:11 PM   #2
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First you should sit down and read your owners manual, if you don't have it I am almost certain Marlin has it online. You will learn a lot about what is probably a gun new to you. Lot's of good info in it, one of my favorites is that you do not need to clean your 917v with regular use. It is a surprisingly clean shooting round in this rifle. I can shoot 100 rounds over a period, run a patch through and only the smallest amount of residue. Any patches after come out clean. I like to clean mine every now and again, with 1 small patch with cleaner, one to swab out any residual cleaner. Shoot 2-3 rounds through it and its ready for the next 150 rounds or so.

I'm not going to sit around here trying to figure out if I can put the bolt in wrong with mine but I will tell you how to put the bolt in. With unloaded rifle, the bolt removed, safety off, I align the bolt handle the way it will slide in with the flatter side/base of the bolt facing down in relation to the rifle. Slide bolt into back of receiver, press trigger, and it should allow the whole bolt to slide forward, turn bolt handle down.

As for a gap between the bolt and barrel, you shouldn't be able to see that with the bolt closed but I can't see any way it could be made shorter with improper disassembly though.

Have you shot it yet? To be honest mine was pretty stiff when I brought it home. I polished a lot of the contact surfaces a little bit and it did it wonders in terms of smoothing the action.
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Old November 22, 2013, 11:03 PM   #3
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My gun was purchased new 4 years ago. I'm the only person that has held it. I think it's more paranoia than anything. The first time I tried putting the bolt in it tried separating into two pieces. The handle easily separates from the extractor assembly. I'm sure it's me just being worried. In the morning I might shoot it in the back yard and simply tell the cop next door that I was taking a nap and I don't know what the hell he is talking about. He'll he doesn't do anything about the kids next door shooting fireworks at 11 pm so what's one small .17 hmr into the ground?
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Old November 22, 2013, 11:04 PM   #4
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I still have the box that it came in but an owners manual isn't in it. I'm the original owner of the gun.
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Old November 23, 2013, 07:23 AM   #5
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Bad idea. Very bad idea.
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Old November 23, 2013, 01:06 PM   #6
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Marlin bolt action rimfire manual.
http://www.marlinfirearms.com/pdfs/m..._Action_RF.pdf

The bolt head and handled part of it come apart and go back together easily by pulling apart or pressing together the 2 parts and twisting them until they line up and slide into place. There is one specific position where they will pull apart from each other.

As far firing it in your yard, I think that is up to what your local laws in Alabama are. I could go out in my yard and let off a .50 bmg from what the police told me when my neighbor complained about me shooting my .17 in the yard, they only care that I am shooting in a safe direction with a good backstop. The next town over, I could have been cited on something for shooting inside the city limits.

Make time to go out and actually shoot it some, if it's anywhere as close to as accurate as mine is, its worth going out and punching paper or squirrels with it. At 100 yards I practice with 1/2" targets, or punching symbols out of playing cards, and do a good job of hitting them with it.
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Old November 23, 2013, 03:18 PM   #7
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Yea it came apart into two pieces te first time I tried putting it back in but it seems good to go now. I guess marlin just built it to have the bolt touching the plate that the safety is on. Should be good to go.
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