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Old 11-18-2021, 02:06 PM
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I have had my Charger 22 for a week and it shot well. I really enjoyed it.

But I took apart the bolt assembly today, since the previous owner had not cleaned it for some time. I found it a royal PIA to put it together, but finally it seems I got the bolt and charging assembly/spring into place and all seemed to work fine.

But after I put everything back together, I find that I cannot pull the bolt back anymore.

Please tell me what I most likely have done wrong so I can fix it. (Even if I dread putting the bolt assembly back again.)

Thanks from this Charger newb.
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Old 11-18-2021, 05:39 PM
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If the trigger housing is installed, remove it and try the bolt... to figure out what is binding.

If it still doesn't move, look at the recoil rod and make sure the pointed tip hasn't pooped free of it's recessed point in the receiver.
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I finally figured it out. The ejector flipped out of its slot when I put back the firing assembly.

Thanks.
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Old 11-18-2021, 06:06 PM
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That was going to be my suggestion but you beat me to it. The first time I took apart my very first 10/22 years ago I had the same problem. I had actually installed the ejector upside-down when I reassembled it.
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Old 11-18-2021, 06:52 PM
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What I really hate is the design of the charger system and bolt. It's a nightmare holding that handle in place as you struggle to place the bolt just right. Amazing that a decades old design hasn't been modified to make things easier and more reliable to assemble.

But then again, look how long Ruger took to get the one button takedown of the Ruger Mk IV.

They're a great company with great service, but they don't seem to care as much about ergonomics of reassembly.
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Once you take the bolt out a bunch of times you get pretty good at manipulating it just right so that it pops right in. Or you can just spend a couple bucks on the Gunsmither bolt tool. I bought one a long time ago but I've never even taken it out of the package. Plus it would give you a good excuse to get one of their brush n mop chamber tools, makes cleaning the bore much easier.
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What I really hate is the design of the charger system and bolt. It's a nightmare holding that handle in place as you struggle to place the bolt just right. Amazing that a decades old design hasn't been modified to make things easier and more reliable to assemble.

But then again, look how long Ruger took to get the one button takedown of the Ruger Mk IV.

They're a great company with great service, but they don't seem to care as much about ergonomics of reassembly.
It is a fine design,

Put handle/ rod in receiver.

Scootch handle down the rod a bit with right index finger, hold.

Put bolt in receiver with left hand till it hits said finger.

Grab handle with left hand, press in and hold , remove right index finger lifting face of bolt over handle while pushing bolt forward with right thumb till cut out in bolt is over handle , push bolt down , click, release handle.

Now do it with an uncaptured rod spring, like on a kidd
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Old 11-19-2021, 11:46 AM
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It is a fine design,


Now do it with an uncaptured rod spring, like on a kidd
Aww, grasshopper. This is one of the many mysteries of life each of us must find the answer on our own.
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