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Old 07-02-2018, 09:53 AM
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Marlin 81 clone WA Revolution bolt hard to close



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Doesn't bother me much other than I have to lift it off the bench to rack it when I'm bench rest shooting. Pretty sure my daughter would not be able to close the bolt by herself without resting the butt on the bench or ground and holding the fore grip down as she works the bolt up.

I'm considering adding a little taper to the beginning of the bolt to make it "ramp in" a little rather than slamming the bolt closed hard every time. It opens easily and the rest of the stroke is smooth and easy, nothing is binding. I guess the gun is hardly worn in.

Is there something I am missing or have others encountered the same thing?

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Old 07-02-2018, 10:40 AM
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Exclamation my Marlin 81DL

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Doesn't bother me much other than I have to lift it off the bench to rack it when I'm bench rest shooting. Pretty sure my daughter would not be able to close the bolt by herself without resting the butt on the bench or ground and holding the fore grip down as she works the bolt up.

I'm considering adding a little taper to the beginning of the bolt to make it "ramp in" a little rather than slamming the bolt closed hard every time. It opens easily and the rest of the stroke is smooth and easy, nothing is binding. I guess the gun is hardly worn in.

Is there something I am missing or have others encountered the same thing?
has the hardest to operate bolt of any bolt gun I have EVER shot! I think it is just part of the design, when you push the bolt closed you are pushing down on the big cartridge lifter. not much you can do to make it easier. after a range session my hand is sore from operating the bolt.
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Old 07-02-2018, 09:55 PM
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Did you ever check the headspace?? Also, extract a round that you chambered without firing . Inspect it for indications it was jammed into the lands.
I think that model may lock up on the bolt root and receiver. See it you can get a feeler gauge in there.
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Old 07-04-2018, 01:58 PM
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The action of the bolt is the same with and without a cartridge present. To me that would indicate headspace is not the problem.
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Old 07-04-2018, 10:09 PM
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Paint the bolt up with dy-kem and see where it is binding.
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Old 07-05-2018, 01:56 PM
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Later today after my errands I'll check my JC Higgins store brand 80 and my Marlin 80DL and see how the bolts feel in those and let you know.
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Old 07-06-2018, 01:05 AM
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I found my 80DL today but not my JC Higgins 80.I keep #4 drywall anchors in all my .22's and with the anchor in it the bolt handle is a little hard to crank up,but the bolt moves to the rear and back forward easily and the bolt handle goes back down cocking it easily.
I'll try it a little later with the drywall anchor out,I know the rims on them are a little thicker than .22 rims.
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Old 07-07-2018, 10:15 PM
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Perhaps a bolt cleaning and some high pressure grease on the cocking cam. Sometimes they can gall and drag.
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Old 07-07-2018, 10:50 PM
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Perhaps a bolt cleaning and some high pressure grease on the cocking cam. Sometimes they can gall and drag.
The bolt is clean and no parts are galled.

I looked closely and it appears its just drag over the lifter - particular to a tube mag gun.

I appreciate all the suggestions, but I was hoping from the beginning to get advice specific to the 81 rather than the generic suggestions.
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Old 07-11-2018, 12:42 PM
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No problem

I have a Western Auto Supply 81dl. I am 68 and have no problem cycling the bolt whatever. Sure it's a little stiff but no big deal.
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