Mosin Problem


December 26, 2007, 06:49 PM
I've run into my first major parts-related problem with a Mosin. I have a nice Tikka M91 but the extractor claw is on its last legs. It works OK, but is pretty weak and looks to be about 100 years old. I have several brand new ones around so instead of waiting for it to break in the field I decided to remove it. But it won't budge, because it's been in there for a century and has been rusted over and cleaned multiple times.

Then I had the bright idea of intentionally splitting the top part off so my pin would have direct purchase on the base. Then I figured I'd be able to pound it out in the vise, no problemo.

Well the problem is, I can't break the dang thing! I've tried hammering it and using big pliers, but it keeps bouncing back and won't even bend out of shape.

This thing is terrible.

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The Deer Hunter
December 26, 2007, 06:53 PM
Get a new bolt face if nothing else works. Actually get like 3-4 due to head space problems.

December 26, 2007, 07:23 PM
try freezing the bolt, shouldnt be a problem up there in Alaska. then using some form of direct heat (soldering iron) to expand some. just an idea

December 26, 2007, 08:28 PM
I'm with Hoppy590 but in my experience you may not need cold temperature. Usually applying indirect heat with a propane torch or Bunsen style burner will be everything you need. Whatever you use, make sure it has adjustable gas levels and an adjustable torch/flame. Make sure the flame is blue with no flickering of any color or sort. If the flame is red/orange it will leave carbon deposits on your metal and potentially damage it.

After applying some heat to it, try a hammer and punch. Should come right out, but if it doesn't be patient. You can do more harm than good if you rush it. I had a similar problem with a stuck bayonet on my 91/30 and nearly ruined the front sight.

December 26, 2007, 09:59 PM
Look about midway down the page to see how to remove the extractor. You have to drift it out with a punch from front to back.

December 27, 2007, 10:26 AM

Are you SURE you don't want me to send you some Kroil? :)

December 27, 2007, 01:40 PM
LOL Maybe we need to set up a kroil for the needy charity

The Deer Hunter
December 27, 2007, 03:44 PM
I meant to say bolt head.

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