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Posted: 8/12/2005 10:10:23 AM EDT

Because of a deformed gas ring, I replaced them with a one-piece McFarland. As recommended from someone here on the forum, I used a light sandpaper inside the bolt carrier to polish any burrs that may have caused the first gas ring to get hung up. (It was my first time out with the rifle.)

So now, after lubing up the bolt, the carrier, the gas ring, etc., it seems like the bolt has a very tight fit inside the carrier. I understand from the tech manual that the bolt should not fall out of the carrier under it's own weight (without the cam pin in), but how tight is too tight? Seems like I really have to 'snap' it in there now. And when I hold the carrier upside down with the bolt all the way in (without the cam pin installed), the bolt will not slide out at all. It has to be pulled out.

Any thoughts?

Your help is very much appreciated.

Link Posted: 8/12/2005 11:55:00 AM EDT
Your bolt should NOT fall out of the bolt carrier with the cam pin removed. Atight fit is normal.
I am the 'sandpaper' guy. A gunsmith.
Link Posted: 8/12/2005 12:09:14 PM EDT
Hi 'Sandpaper Guy',

Thanks for your reply.he
Anyhow, I went ahead and put things back together and the action feels smooth enough when using the charging handle and doing the function check. So I'm going to head to the range tonight and try it out again.

I was a little nervous with the sandpaper. Couldn't really see what I was doing too well inside the carrier, but we'll see if my gas ring stays in tact this time around.

Thanks again. As a newbie, I really appreciate the help.

Link Posted: 8/12/2005 6:09:12 PM EDT

Your gun will explode if you fire it! Please send it to me right away! I'll provide a good, safe home.

Thanks for posting your experiences with your rifle.


Link Posted: 8/12/2005 6:11:54 PM EDT
Shoot it, it will loosen up.

Link Posted: 8/13/2005 1:39:40 AM EDT
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