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Help reassembling Ruger MKIII

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by Seminole, Nov 2, 2006.

  1. Seminole

    Seminole Well-Known Member

    Well, I finally got a Ruger .22 today. I disassembled it with no problem and cleaned it.

    I managed to get the barrel back onto the frame, butnow I can't get the bolt to slide back in. It goes in until the back of the recoil spring is about even with the barrel receiver and then just stops. I'm hesitant to force it because I don't want to jam it.

    Can anyone suggest how to proceed?
  2. treymenger

    treymenger Member

    Either the hammer is up or the bolt release is in the up position. My bet is the latter. It took me a while to figure out how to put this thing back together, but its not hard once you do it a few times. Let me know if that does the trick
  3. Kruzr

    Kruzr Well-Known Member

    Put the mag in and pull the trigger. Then take out the mag and use something to push down the hammer so when you look into the reciever, you don't see anything sticking up. Also make sure the recoil spring is lined up as it should be on top of the bolt.

    When you get the bolt in, put the mag in again and pull the trigger again. Push the hammer forward so the strut is above the crosspin in the rear of the frame. Then put the boltstop/MSH in and point the muzzle straight up. Close the MSH with the muzzle pointed up.
  4. Seminole

    Seminole Well-Known Member

    Still no luck.

    The bolt stop is down, as is the hammer. In fact, the bolt goes in almost all the way, so it is past the hammer. What's the next thing past the hammer?

    I did have it back in all the way at one point, but was having trou
    ble getting the hammer strut into the mainspring housing. I took the mainspring out and then took the bolt out for some reason. Now I can't get it back in.

    Dang it, I don't want to take to a gunsmith to put back together. That would be an admission that I'm an idiot--something I'm perfectly willing to let a few thousand of my closest friends on the internet know, but that I'm really embarassed to admit to a smith face-to-face.
  5. Seminole

    Seminole Well-Known Member

    Got it!

    The recoil spring on the top of the bolt had somehow gotten pushed over towards one side. Once I got it centered back up, the bolt slid right in.
  6. Kruzr

    Kruzr Well-Known Member

  7. Seminole

    Seminole Well-Known Member

    Good call, Kruzr. :)

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