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Bolt action storage.

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by deadeye1122, Jul 19, 2010.

  1. deadeye1122

    deadeye1122 Well-Known Member

    How do all you bolt owners store your rifles at rest so to speak? Bolt open in the rifle,bolt closed ready to fire,bolt closed not ready to fire or out of the rifle elsewhere. Just a thought about springs/tensions and such. Thanks deadeye
  2. Ol` Joe

    Ol` Joe Well-Known Member

    It doesn`t matter if a spring is relaxed or under tension, they wear from use not the state they are stored in
  3. wrench

    wrench Well-Known Member

    I store them however they fit the best in my safe!:)
    Straight bolts usually open, bent bolts either way, bolts on straight pulls stick out quite a bit, so I take them out.
    I don't worry about spring tension, cycling springs wears them out, leaving them cocked does not.
  4. WNTFW

    WNTFW Well-Known Member

    Bolt open on every rifle and a chamber flag (ECI) in place. Safest way to insure no round in chamber.
  5. deadeye1122

    deadeye1122 Well-Known Member

    Thanks guys. I've keep my bolts open/ no mags in the gun cabinet so as to know there are not any rounds in the chambers.I'm sure you are all correct but isn't something under pressure also trying to release said pressure?
  6. Maverick223

    Maverick223 Well-Known Member

    Ding, ding, ding...we have a winner.

    Sure, but that doesn't mean it weakens over time. The best analogy that I have heard is regarding the springs on your truck (or other motor vehicle), and you don't jack it up at night to relieve the pressure on those springs do you? ;)

    I store most of my rifles in a continual state of readiness as with all other guns. This is to include my Dumbo dropper, my Buff. Duster, and my long range precision rifle. Many of these rifles are unlikely to be pressed into emergency service, but it is better to keep then in a ready condition without need than to have need and not be ready. For this reason most of my bolt guns are kept loaded, chambered, with the safety on.

  7. OYE

    OYE Well-Known Member

    I do believe leaving a striker spring compressed (cocked) will fatigue the spring much faster, or any other spring as far as that is concerned, including a magazine spring.
    If I were you I would call Wolff Gunsprings and verify that.
  8. dubbleA

    dubbleA Well-Known Member

    Due to space concerns in the safes I pull the bolts from the rifles. They are notorious for causing dings and scratches to other firearms. I have to be careful of keeping tabs on bolts that I have multiples of.
  9. deadeye1122

    deadeye1122 Well-Known Member

    Thanks Maverick and all. The truck/car spring think puts into perspective. deadeye
  10. Kentucky-roughrider

    Kentucky-roughrider Well-Known Member

    I store mine bolt closed and uncocked with mil suplus thisa is finely easy
  11. OYE

    OYE Well-Known Member

    From Ruger Customer Service FAQ :
    "Can I store my Ruger pistol cocked or with rounds in the magazines?" Ans.
    It is seldom advisable to keep a constant load on any compression spring and it is unsafe to store any firearm cocked.

    From Wolff Gunspring FAQ:
    . How often should I change magazine spring? Should I unload my magazines, rotate magazines, load with fewer than the maximum rounds? Ans.
    Magazine springs in semi-auto pistols are one of the most critical springs and are the subject of much debate and concern. Magazines which are kept fully loaded for long periods of time, such as in law enforcement and personal/home defense applications, will generally be subject to more fatigue than the weekend shooter's magazine springs in which the magazines are loaded up only when shooting.

    Guess they haven't heard of the car/truck spring thing yet!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  12. Uncle Mike

    Uncle Mike Well-Known Member

    You can store your irons cocked, just bring em' by the shop and we'll put new springs in them for a modest price!

    Do not store your firearms 'cocked'! It will cause those embarrassing, heart breaking moments while in the deer stand!
  13. armoredman

    armoredman Well-Known Member

    Bolt in, closed, magazine in, uncocked.
  14. bhk

    bhk Well-Known Member

    I have never released the pressure on a firearm spring for storage. Many have had their springs compressed for decades. Never a problem and not a worry. I have read of 1911 magazines keep fully loaded since WW2 and working just fine. My Ruger 10/22 has had its original magazine fully loaded since 1969 and works just great.
  15. taliv

    taliv Moderator

    there are a lot of considerations for storing firearms and you'd be well advised to consider your own situation may be different from the situation of others giving advice. for example, what if something happens to you and your spouse has to sell off your collection? would you really want them unloading all those guns? maybe, maybe not.

    for longer-term storage, you should probably store it such that oil and cleaning solvents don't seep out of the barrel and collect in the action.

    the springs themselves may not be damaged from compressed storage, but that doesn't mean the feed lips on the magazine won't be. a closed bolt usually takes the pressure off the feed lips in most actions, but an open bolt and chamber flag may not.

    "it depends"
  16. Maverick223

    Maverick223 Well-Known Member

    Which is a good argument for the Lancer L5 magazine (for AR-15 platforms). That is one of the primary reasons that it is my chosen magazine for HD, I prefer to leave my bolt open on that particular rifle (the M17). It is also recommended to use the PMag covers for those magazines in storage, though I don't know of an incident where they have been deformed, I feel that it is worth the tiny bit of trouble.

  17. Ithaca37

    Ithaca37 Well-Known Member

    Nope. Basic mechanics of materials. There is a reason we engineers get paid the big bucks. Intuition does not work all the time. That is why science requires experimentation and not just beliefs or feelings.

    To the person that said something about the material trying to reduce the load. Creep is a phenomenon that is seen in static loading over time, however, creep is depends on temperature and for steel and other metals will not occur except at high temperature. Polymers and glass on the other hand will exhibit creep at room temperature. Look at a really old window sometime and you can often see that the bottom is thicker than the top. That is due to creep. Again, this is not seen in steel at room temperature.
  18. Ithaca37

    Ithaca37 Well-Known Member

    This is true. Additionally, the cartridge in contact with the feed lips can be deformed by the feed lip edges.
  19. Hatterasguy

    Hatterasguy Well-Known Member

    I keep all the bolts closed and the firing pins released.

    I have enough room that I'm not worried about the bolt handles doing damage.

    If it was a defensive firearm I would keep them loaded, even the old bolt guns. Round in the chamber, hammer back, safety off because most of the old safety's suck.

    Other than one pistol I only keep my Sig rifle loaded, thats my defensive rifle; it has a 30 round Pmag loaded with M193 or M855 in it and its ready to go 24/7.
  20. Maverick223

    Maverick223 Well-Known Member

    However, Magazines with steel feed lips (like the aforementioned Lancer L5s) will greatly reduce this effect (to the point where it is insignificant).


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