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post #1 of 26 (permalink) Old 10-23-2012, 03:42 PM Thread Starter
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bolt action is being a pain. help please

so i have a 1995 browning A bolt BOSS in 300 win mag and am shooting federal factory ammo. blue box stuff 150 gr soft point. and the problem is that after a shot the bolt will lift fine but will not come back. a smith said head space is great so its ok there and it works fine empty but after a shot the bolt lifts fine just pulls back hard. chamber is clean clean clean so im lost
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Re: bolt action is being a pain. help please

Did the smith inspect the chamber? Maybe with a bore scope? Once you get a case out inspect it, it may tell the tale.

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Re: bolt action is being a pain. help please

Shooting factory ammo I would hesitate to think pressure would be an issue?

Sounds more like a burr or slight nick on the chamber to me? Does the brass show any signs gouging/rubbing?

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Re: bolt action is being a pain. help please

the primers are not out but they do seem a little flat. the smith looked at the empties and said they may be a little hot even from the factory(?). no one looked at chamber with a scope. what else. thanks very much
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Re: bolt action is being a pain. help please

Change ammo and see what happens.

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Re: bolt action is being a pain. help please

You may want to try another brand or different lot of federals.Even though their factory rounds it could be a hot batch.Even if the head space is correct it could a tight chamber if it is your primer won't show any sign of pressure.
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Re: bolt action is being a pain. help please

Has this issue just developed recently??

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Re: bolt action is being a pain. help please

You have a primary extraction issue.

Cartridge extraction is a two step process. The primary extraction initially pulls the cartridge free of the chamber allowing the second part, withdrawing the bolt rearward. If the bolt rotates to the fully open(unlocked) position but the bolt cannot be drawn rearward there is insufficient PE and/or it's timing is late.

A example, the first part of this video...
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Re: bolt action is being a pain. help please

yes this did happen recently after my gun smith slammed the bolt down on a no go gauge. that you are not supposed to do! im gonna try some hornady ammo
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Re: bolt action is being a pain. help please

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yes this did happen recently after my gun smith slammed the bolt down on a no go gauge. that you are not supposed to do!
So, are you saying you had the problem before or after taking it to the 'smith?

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