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Old 10-19-2019, 07:15 PM
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I was at the paw n shop today and they had 2 JC Higgens 103-18 rifles.
My question is when the bolt is closed you can move the bolt front to back a small amount . Are these shot out junk?
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Old 10-20-2019, 08:22 AM
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It's a Marlin 100. With out being able to check head space, it would be tough to answer your question
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Old 10-20-2019, 12:31 PM
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They are so loose it you turn the gun upside down the bolt will come open
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Old 10-20-2019, 01:06 PM
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If your saying the bolt will slid open to the rear if the muzzle is pointed up that can happen on some guns. If you mean if you rotate it so the top of the rifle is on the bottom and the handle goes from the down position to the open postion like you are going to eject the round that does sound overly loose. Really hard to tell without handling them.
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Old 10-20-2019, 01:59 PM
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If the gun is laying on it's side bolt up and you turn it bolt knob upside down bolt will open.no friction to hold it closed. Funny thing is both guns do it
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Old 10-20-2019, 02:34 PM
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It could be normal. Thats the model that has the knob you pull to cock it correct? IIRC on some old single shot .22s I have like that the bolt doesn't have much tension holding it closed uncocked. It you pull back and cock it does that take up the play? These were very simply made so some play may be just a function of the design. It would have to take a ton of shooting to put a lot of wear on them. The overall condition will be a big clue.
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Old 10-20-2019, 04:56 PM
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The play could probably be taken out by gluing in a thin shim using green thread locker.

In one of his videos, Larry Potterfield did something similar to a break-open shotgun to make the barrels fit the receiver better.

There are several other ways that the play could be eliminated. I fixed an old bolt-action single-shot several years ago by inserting a mandrel in the receiver and tapping on the receiver where the root of the bolt handle engages.

Maybe a little bit of weld and some filing would work.
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Old 10-20-2019, 06:41 PM
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I have a Glenfield 100G and a Marlin 101, essentially the same rifles. The bolts do not lock in place and the front of the bolt slides into the loading gate which rotates with the bolt as it is closed. The bolts move with very little force applied, and front to back bolt movement if excessive can pose a problem. It depends on how much play there is, what you can get them for price-wise and if you are willing to fix them. They are really nice shooters in good condition, and most spare parts are readily available.
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Old 10-20-2019, 09:07 PM
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Thanks for the input everybody, I think I am going to pass on them
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