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#5548851 - 01/17/15 07:17 PM M96 bolt cocking spring
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I've got a M96 that's been rebarreled into a 7x57. It's a great shooting gun but the spring in the bolt is incredibly stiff/strong. One gunsmith told there's nothing can be done, it's part of the design.

Any suggestions? It's become a safe queen and I'd like to make it easier to use. It's a handy little gun with a 20" barrel.
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#5548904 - 01/17/15 07:38 PM Re: M96 bolt cocking spring [Re: TCB]
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Wolf Springs has replacements but they a stronger than the factory. I wonder if you have one of those springs and would be happier with an original?
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#5548979 - 01/17/15 08:16 PM Re: M96 bolt cocking spring [Re: TCB]
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Registered: 11/11/07
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There may be a [censored]-on-opening conversion. I used to see it advertised but I haven't in a long time.
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#5549010 - 01/17/15 08:35 PM Re: M96 bolt cocking spring [Re: TCB]
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Thanks RR, I found a couple different kits on Midway and Brownells.
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#5549068 - 01/17/15 09:04 PM Re: M96 bolt cocking spring [Re: TCB]
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Well, I guess thats good but I'd urge you to read any reviews that might be available. I don't recall what I was told about the conversion kits but it made me think I'd study it more if I ever had a rifle built on the 96 action. Hope it works out for you as you'd like.
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#5552121 - 01/19/15 02:04 PM Re: M96 bolt cocking spring [Re: TCB]
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The M96 is a [censored]-on-close design. There is a covnersion that can be dome. My dad has two custom rifles built on M96 actiions htat have been converted to [censored]-on-open. If that gunsmith says it can't be done he's one of two things: 1. lazy 2. Incompetent with Mauser actions I'd take it somewhere else.
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