We have two rifles - an old .22 that we got used and a brand new .17 HMR. Last week we went up to French Creek State Park and fired them both, and they both had the same problem: After inserting the magazine and closing the bolt, the first round does not fire. With the .17, this happened during practice at the range, but with the .22, I was shooting at a squirrel, and just got lucky enough to chamber another round and make the shot.
Am I doing something wrong? The bolt was open when inserting the magazine - can that cause problems? Or do they need cleaning? If so, how do you get at the relevant parts?
Thanks in advance!