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Learned something new regarding bolt action rifles...

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by baylorattorney, Dec 24, 2011.

  1. baylorattorney

    baylorattorney Well-Known Member

    A 14 year old learned hunter, Remington Pulido, son of a celebrity, taught me something new the other day which I never read in any owners manual of any of the several bolt action rifles I have acquired. I'm sure many of you learned fellows were already aware of how to uncock a bolt action rifle to ensure there can be no dry firing, etc.
    DON'T TRY THIS WITH A LOADED WEAPON. when closing the bolt keep the trigger fully depressed and this uncocks the gun. I never knew that or it's importance. Thank you.

    Mark, esquire
    Last edited: Dec 24, 2011
  2. helotaxi

    helotaxi Well-Known Member

    I'd verify for each different model rifle, but it works on a Savage.

    Learned something new today.
  3. average_shooter

    average_shooter Well-Known Member

    I've been doing that with my bolt action .22 (Romanian trainer surplus) for years. Not really new to me, but I didn't think it would work universally.
  4. ngnrd

    ngnrd Well-Known Member

    I've always done that to take the pressure off of the mainspring during storage. Always unloaded, of course.
  5. baylorattorney

    baylorattorney Well-Known Member

    Worked on my sako, weatherby, and Remington 700. *redacted for safety

    Waste not want not. :)
    Last edited: Dec 24, 2011
  6. Shadow 7D

    Shadow 7D Well-Known Member

    even with cock on open guns it works, you are taking the sear out of the picture, hence nothing to catch the FP/bolt as you close
  7. VA27

    VA27 Well-Known Member

    This won't work on the Arisaka action. Don't ask me why, I never did figure it out.
  8. Red Cent

    Red Cent Well-Known Member

  9. Freedom_fighter_in_IL

    Freedom_fighter_in_IL Well-Known Member

    Works on Mauser actions as well as Enfield Actions as well.
  10. Float Pilot

    Float Pilot Well-Known Member

    On the cock on closing M-96 Swede Mausers, you have to pull the trigger when the bolt is still about 1/3 to 1/4 out as you are pushing it home so it does not snag the sear.
    The other option with them and the 1903 / 1903A3 Springfield is to lower the cocking piece down slowing on an empty chamber.

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