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#6511136 - 10/25/16 02:30 PM After all these years, I never knew ...
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the correct way to release the bolt spring on an unloaded, bolt-action rifle. I have always just dry fired the gun to do it. Now I know better.

Anyone care to share the proper technique for the benefit of those who like me, had never learned it?
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#6511146 - 10/25/16 02:38 PM Re: After all these years, I never knew ... [Re: Texas Dan]
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I have always opened the bolt then pulled the trigger and closed the bolt.

Make sure gun is not loaded.
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#6511158 - 10/25/16 02:45 PM Re: After all these years, I never knew ... [Re: redchevy]
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Originally Posted By: redchevy
I have always opened the bolt then pulled the trigger and closed the bolt.

Make sure gun is not loaded.


I think you're leaving out one small but important detail.

This alone does not release the bolt spring in any of my bolt actions.


Edited by Texas Dan (10/25/16 02:48 PM)
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#6511164 - 10/25/16 02:47 PM Re: After all these years, I never knew ... [Re: Texas Dan]
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Iv just pulled the trigger every time....and done it a lot to a savage .270 iv had since I was 12.. still use it to this day... must take a while to break
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#6511175 - 10/25/16 02:55 PM Re: After all these years, I never knew ... [Re: Navasot]
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Originally Posted By: Navasot
Iv just pulled the trigger every time....and done it a lot to a savage .270 iv had since I was 12.. still use it to this day... must take a while to break


Perhaps a true "gun nut" will enlighten us as to why the recommended steps work best.

Or at least, we'll have grounds for another good debate.
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#6511177 - 10/25/16 02:57 PM Re: After all these years, I never knew ... [Re: Texas Dan]
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And why is this an improvement over dry firing, or doing nothing at all?

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#6511208 - 10/25/16 03:16 PM Re: After all these years, I never knew ... [Re: Texas Dan]
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I store my rifles either with the bolt removed, or with the trigger pulled on a snap cap. Either way is fine.

HOWEVER, there is absolutely nothing wrong with storing a gun with the firing pin in the "cocked" position. One of the biggest misconceptions is that you have to release pressure from a spring in order to extend it's life. Compression on a spring doesn't wear it, using it wears it.

As an example, 1911 pistols are stored for YEARS with the hammer standing and they suffer no ill effects.
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#6511253 - 10/25/16 03:42 PM Re: After all these years, I never knew ... [Re: Texas Dan]
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Okay, I'll go ahead and share it.

The "suggested" method calls for opening the bolt and unloading the firearm in a normal and safe fashion. Then while applying pressure to the trigger, slowly close the bolt. This will release the spring without impacting the firing pin.
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#6511258 - 10/25/16 03:44 PM Re: After all these years, I never knew ... [Re: Texas Dan]
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Originally Posted By: Texas Dan
Okay, I'll go ahead and share it.

The "suggested" method calls for opening the bolt and unloading the firearm in a normal and safe fashion. Then apply pressure to the trigger as the bolt is slowly closed. This will release the spring without impacting the firing pin.


Gotta release the safety, first. I suspect that is the one small detail to which the OP referred.

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#6511261 - 10/25/16 03:45 PM Re: After all these years, I never knew ... [Re: Texas Dan]
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+1 to CM's comments.

Dan,

The firing pin has to go forward to reduce the pressure on the spring, even then the spring remains under pressure.

This sounds like a practice that will round off the sear and that is a negative.

What manufacturer recommends this practice?

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#6511264 - 10/25/16 03:48 PM Re: After all these years, I never knew ... [Re: fouzman]
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Originally Posted By: fouzman
Originally Posted By: Texas Dan
Okay, I'll go ahead and share it.

The "suggested" method calls for opening the bolt and unloading the firearm in a normal and safe fashion. Then apply pressure to the trigger as the bolt is slowly closed. This will release the spring without impacting the firing pin.


Gotta release the safety, first.


That depends on the gun if you're referring to opening the bolt. The bolt on my Remington 700 can be opened with the safety on or off.

But yes if you're referring to closing the bolt while pressing the trigger.
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#6511270 - 10/25/16 03:51 PM Re: After all these years, I never knew ... [Re: Texas Dan]
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I could be wrong, but the suggested method may create less stress over time on the firing pin, rather than a method to better protect the spring.


Edited by Texas Dan (10/25/16 03:53 PM)
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#6511271 - 10/25/16 03:51 PM Re: After all these years, I never knew ... [Re: Texas Dan]
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You asked how to de-cokk the bolt spring. The safety must be in the firing position before slowly closing the bolt while squeezing the trigger to remove the spring tension without impacting the firing pin. Dry firing impacts the firing pin. I think I have about a dozen rifles with 700 actions.

Sorry about my spelling afer de-, but the language filter got me.

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#6511274 - 10/25/16 03:54 PM Re: After all these years, I never knew ... [Re: Texas Dan]
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IF.... you've just unloaded it, just dry fire it if you just have to do something. What's the big deal? Snap caps, HUGE scam...... bolt

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#6511278 - 10/25/16 03:55 PM Re: After all these years, I never knew ... [Re: fouzman]
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Originally Posted By: fouzman
You asked how to de-cokk the bolt spring. The safety must be in the firing position before slowly closing the bolt while squeezing the trigger to remove the spring tension without impacting the firing pin. I think I have about a dozen rifles with 700 actions.

Sorry about my spelling afer de-, but the language filter got me.


No offense taken.

My comment was driven by the fact that I own three bolt actions that all work differently when it comes to opening the bolt, which can often be Step 1.
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