So anyways, I was showing a bud of mine today how the bolt slams forward after depressing the follower. Now, knowing that the bolt slamming on an empty chamber is hard on the rifle, I inserted one single, empty 30-06 casing, and let the bolt slide forward. The bolt did not reach it's destination; it is stuck, rotated roughly halfway to the left, and I am unable to move it by hand . I disassembled the rifle into the 3 main groups to get a closer look, but the bolt will simply not budge an inch. I cannot slide it forward, I cannot slide it backward. I've tried inserting a metal tube into the barrel, the same instrument I use to partially clean the before after a day at the range, and the bolt will still not move.
I am most likely going to be taking the rifle to the local gunsmith if I cannot correct the problem myself within the next 48 hours. :-:
The rifle is standard military issue, manufactured in late 1944/1945, and serial # 3439222.
Edited by Brenden Azevedo, 02 August 2004 - 04:30 AM.