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Old 01-20-2003, 09:50 AM
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Removing the bolt

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Can someone tell me how I can remove the bolt? I'm guessing the recoil buffer needs to be removed first.
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Old 01-20-2003, 12:30 PM

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We have a winner!!!! Yes the two pins in the action and then the large bolt buffer have to be removed and then the bolt is pulled to the rear and hold the recoil spring and handle with one hand and lift the front of the action bolt out past the internal rails and wiggle the bolt to get the spring and handle to release the bolt.....nothing will fall out of the bolt but the recoil spring and handle need to be controlled......reinstalling is harder and use a object to press the recoil spring on the rod to the rearmost position and hold it aganist the upper part of the frame interior while puting the bolt rear first into the action and with the flat object thru the ejection port let the bolt down on the spring and remove the screwdriver/flat object used from the port and press the bolt on the spring assy untill it pops in the retainer groove in the bolt and the bolt/spring assy go into the action and slide foreward on those rails in the action interior......replace buffer and two pins.....takes longer to describe than to do....AFTER a time or two......sometimes takes a little verbal tirade to make it do right!!!!the ejector will flop around and is retained by a pin and so you just have to fold it into it's groove in the bolt as you put the bolt into the action while holding the spring/handle assy back........sometimes helps to use a padded vise to hold the barrel with the action upside down....this frees both hands to do the spring holding while fitting the bolt......some guns are tight when new and require more care in alignment of the bolt to inner rails and others nearly fall in......HTH..good luck and good shooting with a cleaned and lubed action!!!!
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Old 01-20-2003, 03:38 PM
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You may want to drop gunsmither an email. He makes a simple tool that eliminates the need for three hands to remove and install the bolts in 10/22's. Here is a link to one he has on eBay:
I have one and it really makes the process easy.
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Old 01-20-2003, 04:34 PM

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...and on his new version of the bolt removal tool, the other end has an extractor removal tool built in... It's a VERY neat little gizmo to have in your gunbox~!

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