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Old February 5, 2009, 04:28 PM   #1
kyle663
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stiff mosin nagant bolt

I have a m/n model 1938 and after firing the bolt is very stiff to open. I've read that some operated smoothly and some are hard like mine. my question is, is there a fix for the stiff bolt.
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Old February 5, 2009, 06:11 PM   #2
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Kyle my 44 had the same issue, similar anyway. I just rubbed it down with 00 steel wool for a while, trying it between polishings til it was right. Don't put oil on it first.
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Old February 6, 2009, 10:47 AM   #3
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I had the same problem also. I took a bore brush big enough to fit in the chamber and put it on a cleaning rod then I spun it with a drill. All it took was a little spinning for about 10 seconds to clean it up. I also used acetone to clean out any laquer residue from the steel case cartridges. be careful with the acetone it could ruin the finish on your stock

You could have a bur in the chamber also that is holding on to the casing. Check the rim of the chamber and check your casings for clues as to where it is sticking.
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Old February 6, 2009, 11:05 AM   #4
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thanks guys for the tips, i'll give those a try when i get home.
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