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Posted: 3/23/2012 2:01:29 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 3/23/2012 2:14:10 PM EDT by Krylancelo]
5k+ rounds only please. Let's see some worn bolt tails. I'm curious how they look.

Include info on brand and/or round count and/or care and/or maintenance if you want.
Link Posted: 3/23/2012 2:08:19 PM EDT
Not being sarcastic, but why would you want to see this? Does not make any sense to me as to what you are trying to accomplish other than people posting a bunch of pictures of worn bolts. I am a bit confused, after shooting these rifles of various configurations for the past 34+ yrs or so wear on the bolt tail is irrelevant. Clean it up, replace gas rings when needed, keep on shooting. If it gets pitted or causes other problems, replace it. Bolts aren't that expensive for that matter. Just giving my opinion on the matter.
Link Posted: 3/23/2012 2:13:58 PM EDT

Originally Posted By T18B40:
Not being sarcastic, but why would you want to see this? Does not make any sense to me as to what you are trying to accomplish other than people posting a bunch of pictures of worn bolts. I am a bit confused, after shooting these rifles of various configurations for the past 34+ yrs or so wear on the bolt tail is irrelevant. Clean it up, replace gas rings when needed, keep on shooting. If it gets pitted or causes other problems, replace it. Bolts aren't that expensive for that matter. Just giving my opinion on the matter.

Curiosity. I see people talk about pitting all the time but doing a pretty extensive google search has netted me almost zero pictures of pitted bolts. Absolutely none of pits on the far back part of the tail (a few with some pitting near the rings). I'm curious if, especially on high round count bolts, pitting ever really occurs. Also, what it looks like. My bolt has some "unevenness" on the tail, which I have read can be attributed to be artifacts of the shot-peening process that have shown up after the finish has worn away from use.

Not a real point to a lot of threads on this board.

I would rather not deal with anecdotes. Let's see pics.
Link Posted: 3/23/2012 2:29:33 PM EDT
Any issue of a technical nature seems like it has validity here. Even if perchance there was no observable difference between bolts of 500 and 50,000 round counts, that alone would be interesting.

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Link Posted: 3/23/2012 3:06:00 PM EDT
I have had a bolt that was pitted before.

I blame myself for not cleaning and letting the carbon build up causing rust, the rust pitted the steel.

I have never seen rust on the tails, I think the carrier keeps that part clean.

I'll post pics soon.
Link Posted: 3/23/2012 4:00:57 PM EDT
Link Posted: 3/23/2012 5:10:40 PM EDT
Why isnt there a picture thread with some detailed documentation of some nice worn in m4's and 16's from Iraq n A-stan.
Link Posted: 3/23/2012 5:23:41 PM EDT
Originally Posted By Buck762:
Why isnt there a picture thread with some detailed documentation of some nice worn in m4's and 16's from Iraq n A-stan.


I see these just about on a regular basis. I work as a contract armorer at a major mobilization center for the ARNG. I've seen some pitiful shape M4's come back from overseas that look like they were rode very hard and put up very dry....dry as in no lube on them before they were put in conex's, made the trip across the water, then make it to us. Usually rust has started forming by then. This is caused by the mentality that "I'm coming home and don't give a shit" attitude. From what I hear, units have a chance if they come thru Kuwait processing out to at least give the wpns a quick general cleaning...run it thru the cleaning vats, dry them off, put on a good coat of CLP and rack em up. Hell of a way to treat something that you've carried day in and day out that might have saved your life or someone else's. I have seen pitted bolts like in this picture....maybe 3 in the last 3 yrs, about 12K M4's/A2/A3/A4 rifles have come thru our shop, give or take a few hundred. Probably caused by not properly cleaning or getting the chance to clean on a regular basis, and letting the carbon sit and bake onto the steel, layer on layer.
Link Posted: 3/23/2012 5:29:01 PM EDT
Originally Posted By T18B40:
Originally Posted By Buck762:
Why isnt there a picture thread with some detailed documentation of some nice worn in m4's and 16's from Iraq n A-stan.


I see these just about on a regular basis. I work as a contract armorer at a major mobilization center for the ARNG. I've seen some pitiful shape M4's come back from overseas that look like they were rode very hard and put up very dry....dry as in no lube on them before they were put in conex's, made the trip across the water, then make it to us. Usually rust has started forming by then. This is caused by the mentality that "I'm coming home and don't give a shit" attitude. From what I hear, units have a chance if they come thru Kuwait processing out to at least give the wpns a quick general cleaning...run it thru the cleaning vats, dry them off, put on a good coat of CLP and rack em up. Hell of a way to treat something that you've carried day in and day out that might have saved your life or someone else's. I have seen pitted bolts like in this picture....maybe 3 in the last 3 yrs, about 12K M4's/A2/A3/A4 rifles have come thru our shop, give or take a few hundred. Probably caused by not properly cleaning or getting the chance to clean on a regular basis, and letting the carbon sit and bake onto the steel, layer on layer.


You know, it's a weapon, not a person. I agree with keeping it in good shape and all that. But I don't blame them. If I was coming home from a shitty ass desert war, the last thing on my mind would be cleaning a damn gun. Don't make it right. But I don't blame them.

Hey OP!! Don't want to derail your thread too bad. I don't have 5000rds as of yet, but should be somewhere around 3000 if you would like me to post a pic I will. Course I think mines in pretty good shape, cause' I'm a little anal about cleaning.
Link Posted: 3/23/2012 5:35:38 PM EDT


HA! That's a old Colt bolt that I picked up in a trade. I don't think the previous owner ever cleaned it. I cleaned it up and told myself I'd never let a bolt get like that. Sorry I don't have a round count.






Link Posted: 3/23/2012 5:35:53 PM EDT
Great thread.

Intuitively, I am about to suggest that a pitted tail might have some advantages as it allows the part to be loaded with grease which may then be self-applying. I'm just tossing this out...
Link Posted: 3/23/2012 5:36:03 PM EDT

Originally Posted By LA_357SIG:
Google Images = not just for porn.
snip


LIAR!


Link Posted: 3/23/2012 5:41:28 PM EDT
Originally Posted By Henny:


HA! That's a old Colt bolt that I picked up in a trade. I don't think the previous owner ever cleaned it. I cleaned it up and told myself I'd never let a bolt get like that. Sorry I don't have a round count.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v338/schenninge/GUN%20STUFF/DSC00363.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v338/schenninge/GUN%20STUFF/DSC00364.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v338/schenninge/GUN%20STUFF/DSC00360.jpg


Sorry I didn't give you proper credit. And thanks for the follow-up pics. It sucks here on arfcom that most picture request threads rarely contain pictures.
Link Posted: 3/23/2012 5:49:01 PM EDT

Originally Posted By LA_357SIG:
Originally Posted By Henny:


HA! That's a old Colt bolt that I picked up in a trade. I don't think the previous owner ever cleaned it. I cleaned it up and told myself I'd never let a bolt get like that. Sorry I don't have a round count.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v338/schenninge/GUN%20STUFF/DSC00363.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v338/schenninge/GUN%20STUFF/DSC00364.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v338/schenninge/GUN%20STUFF/DSC00360.jpg


Sorry I didn't give you proper credit. And thanks for the follow-up pics. It sucks here on arfcom that most picture request threads rarely contain pictures.
Oh don't worry, there's no way for you to know that I took them! I just saw the thread title and thought I'd post up my nasty bolt. It kind of surprised me that it was already here!

Link Posted: 3/27/2012 5:36:40 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 3/27/2012 6:40:42 AM EDT by Krylancelo]
Keeping this thread alive. Here's my bolt tail. (The reason the tail looks unlubed while the rest has a ton of lube is cuz I wiped it for the pic. The lube reflected too much light heh)






Link Posted: 3/27/2012 6:39:22 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 3/27/2012 6:39:40 AM EDT by tlwest1986]
Nice picture thread! I will have a couple to add soon!
Link Posted: 3/27/2012 8:40:28 AM EDT
Here's mine....Approx. 12K. The lug on this BCM bolt let go last month.

Link Posted: 3/27/2012 8:42:13 AM EDT

Originally Posted By 1098cya:
Here's mine....Approx. 12K. The lug on this BCM bolt let go last month.

http://i55.tinypic.com/n1wcxw.jpg

Now that's a high round count bolt. I like it.
Link Posted: 3/27/2012 8:56:54 AM EDT
Originally Posted By Krylancelo:
Keeping this thread alive. Here's my bolt tail. (The reason the tail looks unlubed while the rest has a ton of lube is cuz I wiped it for the pic. The lube reflected too much light heh)

http://i171.photobucket.com/albums/u305/MalfKrylancelo/bolttail1.jpg

http://i171.photobucket.com/albums/u305/MalfKrylancelo/bolttail2.jpg

http://i171.photobucket.com/albums/u305/MalfKrylancelo/bolttail3.jpg


Damn thats alot of lube.
Link Posted: 3/27/2012 9:08:27 AM EDT

Originally Posted By skt4271:
Damn thats alot of lube.

Darn right.

Slip 2000 EWL 30 really sticks too. I love it right now.
Link Posted: 3/28/2012 5:31:52 AM EDT
Bumping for all those guys who promised pics and didn't post em yet!
Link Posted: 3/28/2012 5:41:27 AM EDT

Originally Posted By Krylancelo:
Bumping for all those guys who promised pics and didn't post em yet!

Bushmaster - 20k rounds-

It now has 24k rounds and it still looks the same.
Yes I clean it after each shoot.
Link Posted: 3/28/2012 7:47:27 AM EDT
Originally Posted By Krylancelo:
Bumping for all those guys who promised pics and didn't post em yet!


Let this one get really bad...



Caked with carbon, but it cleaned up nicely.
Link Posted: 3/28/2012 2:14:52 PM EDT
Young Mfg M16 BCG - maybe 7-8K through it - don't remember off the top of my head.

... yeah the pictures are huge.



Link Posted: 3/28/2012 2:16:44 PM EDT
spike's bolt:

Link Posted: 3/28/2012 2:27:10 PM EDT
Originally Posted By foursixty:
Originally Posted By T18B40:
Originally Posted By Buck762:
Why isnt there a picture thread with some detailed documentation of some nice worn in m4's and 16's from Iraq n A-stan.


I see these just about on a regular basis. I work as a contract armorer at a major mobilization center for the ARNG. I've seen some pitiful shape M4's come back from overseas that look like they were rode very hard and put up very dry....dry as in no lube on them before they were put in conex's, made the trip across the water, then make it to us. Usually rust has started forming by then. This is caused by the mentality that "I'm coming home and don't give a shit" attitude. From what I hear, units have a chance if they come thru Kuwait processing out to at least give the wpns a quick general cleaning...run it thru the cleaning vats, dry them off, put on a good coat of CLP and rack em up. Hell of a way to treat something that you've carried day in and day out that might have saved your life or someone else's. I have seen pitted bolts like in this picture....maybe 3 in the last 3 yrs, about 12K M4's/A2/A3/A4 rifles have come thru our shop, give or take a few hundred. Probably caused by not properly cleaning or getting the chance to clean on a regular basis, and letting the carbon sit and bake onto the steel, layer on layer.


You know, it's a weapon, not a person. I agree with keeping it in good shape and all that. But I don't blame them. If I was coming home from a shitty ass desert war, the last thing on my mind would be cleaning a damn gun. Don't make it right. But I don't blame them.

Hey OP!! Don't want to derail your thread too bad. I don't have 5000rds as of yet, but should be somewhere around 3000 if you would like me to post a pic I will. Course I think mines in pretty good shape, cause' I'm a little anal about cleaning.


Foursixty, if you saw what I see on a regular basis, you'd understand what I am talking about. The wpns are given a reql quick dip in the vats and that's about it. Usually, wpns make it back here in about 2 weeks or so after the unit makes it home. By then, plenty of things are happening due to not enough or no CLP or any kind of lube on the outside whatsoever. It can ruin a weapon real quick. I've been overseas as well, and want to get home ASAP myself. But some of it is just uncalled for. Saw a bunch of it today on some M240B machineguns, and I've seen it on new M240L mg's too. But, there was a time not too long ago some units were in Kuwait waiting to board the plane to come home. Guess what? They got extended for 4 more months, and they had to unpack all of their stuff, break it down, and re-issue it out, including weapons. They got cleaned real quick from what I remember. Just my thoughts.
Link Posted: 3/29/2012 1:18:33 AM EDT
good to see how long a quality bolt will last.
the pic below is not mine...found it on another forum. This bolt comes from a Norinco CQ311 (the M16A1 ugly clone) with less than 2K rounds according to the owner...


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