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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 01-05-2014, 02:23 PM Thread Starter
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Rifle problem

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?

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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old 01-05-2014, 02:50 PM
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Re: Rifle problem

after putting the clip into the rifles, did you make sure the bolts were closed all the way? also what was the temperature like? if it was really cold out and the bolt had too much lube in it the firing pin might not have been able to hit the casing hard enough to fire the shell. get a can of gun scrubber and spray the bolts on both guns and lightly oil them. hope this helps.
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Re: Rifle problem

Sounds like what Slim has said. Clean the bolts real well they dont need a lot of oil. To much creates problems in the cold and with dirt getting in them.

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Re: Rifle problem

It was cold, and it's definitely possible that I got too much oil on them. Thanks for the information!

It's also possible they weren't closed all the way, though.
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Re: Rifle problem

Just hose them down with lighter fluid to clean out the gunk. Do not add ANY oil or grease. The lighter fluid will leave enough lube behind to do the job.
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Re: Rifle problem

What did the cases look like? Did you look at the rounds that didn't go off?
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Re: Rifle problem

Does this occur each time you have the clip out? Did the firing pin hit the shell? Did the gun go off and the ammo didn't? Is this an ongoing issue or was it just once.

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Re: Rifle problem

It's happened before, but not every time. I did hear the firing pin "ping" each time. I didn't get a chance to look at the cases - it was really cold and I was focused on other things. At the range, I put the bullet back in and it fired just fine. In the woods, it got lost in the leaves.
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