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Old February 11, 2020, 12:58 PM   #1
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Cant get this bolt open.??????

This is a Danish-Madsen, 30-06, a South American contract rifle, 30-06. It is near new condition. I cant open the bolt, tried several years ago, wouldnt open then either. The little squeeze release (?) you see on the left squeezes just fine, but nothing happens as far as releasing the bolt from its closed position. The gadget with the squeezer in it wont move either; up, down, fore or aft. There is an S on top of the brownish sleeve just behind the squeeze gadget. All this stuff jiggles, but the bolt handle wont come up......????? Every thing about this rifle is near new.



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Old February 11, 2020, 01:57 PM   #2
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One possible guess? Maybe fired an over-pressured cartridge in it vaporing the case head into the bolt and locking the bolt lugs to the receiver. Don't ask me how I came about this conclusion. Can't tell from the pic, but you might try disassembling the bolt (I don't know that particular model)
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Old February 11, 2020, 02:19 PM   #3
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Safety is on.
Push in on the release lever and rotate it clockwise towards the center/top. Oil may be your friend.
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Old February 11, 2020, 03:53 PM   #4
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Looks like it's going to stay in near new condition ... have you ever been able to open the bolt...or did you buy it with the bolt stuck closed ?
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Old February 11, 2020, 04:09 PM   #5
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If you ever get it open, better check the headspace before you shoot it.
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Old February 11, 2020, 04:24 PM   #6
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Looking at this page and video it looks fairly simple.

Can you actually move the safety in position like the video?
Can you take a cleaning rod down the barrel to verify it's not loaded?

Once you figure it out here's how to take the bolt apart.
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Old February 11, 2020, 07:24 PM   #7
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I would second Blindstitches opinion.

Verify a cleaning rod will reach the bolt face without finding a cartridge.

Remember,its loaded till you prove otherwise.

Its common,and desirable for a safety to lock the bolt shut.

Bolts that come open abd get lost on the move render a rifle useless.

And until you understand how the safety might lock the bolt,please do not use force.

Its likely the rifle is correct,and this is operator error
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Old February 11, 2020, 08:08 PM   #8
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MillSurp but most were never issued

The Madsen is referred to as the last mauser. Some were never issued nor used, just sat around in crates, for years. That is why they are in such "perfect" condition. I sold mine about three years ago and use to have a diagram. Keep searching and I wil contact the dealer that I sold it to and see if he still has it. These beauties have quite a history to them. The bayonet is even harder to find. Will get back to you when I find out more. …..

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Old February 12, 2020, 11:42 AM   #9
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It isn't a squeeze release...that's the safety.
Take it out in the back yard, point it at the ground and pull the trigger. Rotate the bolt up, pull it out while depressing the trigger.
If it does not come out, squirt some Kroil into the locking lug area ( between the safety and the bolt handle ) let it sit overnight and try again.
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Old March 12, 2020, 09:10 PM   #10
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As post #7 said--remember it is a precision instrument--NO FORCE.
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