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Posted: 9/15/2009 3:01:48 PM EST
I've got a springfield loaded m1a. I've tried several times to remove the extractor with the usgi combination tool. When I press it in and turn it just slips off the bottom corner of the extractor. I thought it was a worn tool so I bought a new one with the same results. What else can I try without having to buy one of those expensive bolt clamp tools?
Link Posted: 9/15/2009 3:45:17 PM EST
Get a empty 30-06 case and place it in your chamber. Let the bolt close on the case.

Turn the rifle over and take a punch and push the extractor out from the bottom of the bolt.
Link Posted: 9/15/2009 3:55:04 PM EST
Cool, never would have thought of that. I'll try and find a 30.06 brass next time I'm at the range and give it a try. Thanks
Link Posted: 9/15/2009 4:27:59 PM EST
30 06 case Much better if you have never done this. The combo tool if used improperly. Will cause you to have a search and rescue for your lost ejector and spring
Link Posted: 9/15/2009 5:50:21 PM EST
Link Posted: 9/16/2009 1:43:18 AM EST
I use a USGI tool. Looks to be Armory level. I bought this tool before I knew about the 30-06 case trick or the m-10 tool trick for the m1 grand.

Saved me a metric shit load of lost ejectors.
Link Posted: 9/16/2009 2:01:40 PM EST
[Last Edit: 9/16/2009 2:04:12 PM EST by ma96782]
If you're really afraid of loosing parts.

Remove the extractor (while having the bolt, tool and your hands) inside of a gallon size clear plastic bag. It'll contain the parts if they decide to fly off into different directions.

Aloha, Mark

Link Posted: 9/17/2009 1:53:01 AM EST
I'd need a 2 gal bag at least.
Link Posted: 9/17/2009 4:27:19 AM EST
That is one of the reasons for the 30-06 case trick. You will not lose anything.
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