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cleaning the bolt assembly.

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by HelterSkelter, Jan 6, 2011.

  1. HelterSkelter

    HelterSkelter Member

    Jan 4, 2011
    how often should you clean the bolt assembly on a remington 700? i have shot about 250 rounds through mine and have not yet cleaned the bolt as i don't have the necessary tools to do it. should i just go and have a gunsmith do it? if so how often?
  2. jcwit

    jcwit Senior Member

    Oct 19, 2007
    Great state of Indiana
    I don't know, maybe I'm missing something but after replacing the firing pin assembly and spring by Pierce Engineering I've never cleaned the inside of the bolt. I'm able to shoot 1/4 inch groups at 100 yds, you think I'm going to mess with anything.
  3. rtn

    rtn Member

    Oct 13, 2008
    Field stripping the bolt requires compressing the spring, which can be done in the field by hooking the back end over a shoelace, compressing and turning it out.
  4. 788Ham

    788Ham Senior Member

    Sep 24, 2010
    Hills west of Denver
    How old is the rifle? You can do the job yourself if you have a vise. I cleaned mine awhile back, nothing to it. I took 2 pieces of 1 X 4, put them into the vise with the bolt handle sticking up, gently close the vise over the wood/bolt until just snug, don't over tighten! Then take a flat bladed screw driver and pull back the firing pin latches/sear while turning the bolt cap counter clockwise. You'll probably need to do this until the cap is removed, 4 -5 turns. Remove firing pin, spring, holding them in your hand, take a can of carbuerator cleaner, spray thoroughly and wipe off, set aside. Do the same thing to the bolt body, wiping dry and setting aside. Take any light lube oil, Rem. or whatever brand you have, lightly apply oil onto spring and firing pin. Replace pin/spring into bolt body{ after placing back into vise}, you'll need to just do in reverse what you'd done taking it off. You will need to apply strong pressure to get the cap started back on the bolt body, but once on, its not hard to complete the job. Hope this helps.
  5. FredT

    FredT Member

    Jan 16, 2009
    Cambridge, Ohio
    To answer your question maybe every other year or so, unless you get caught out in the rain or snow. Just a good wipe down with cleaners and a Q-tip in the face of the bolt will do. It is a well sealed unit. More often will not hurt a thing.

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