Sticky bolt - emery cloth?

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  1. WhiteStarNC

    WhiteStarNC That's the fact Jack!

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    Tried all types of things that have not worked. I want to work on the chamber with emery cloth but not sure what grit to buy. any ideas?
     
  2. NCFubar

    NCFubar Well-Known Member

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    NO! Do not use emory cloth or such ... you will leave scratches no matter how small. To polish various parts of firearms IF YOU MUST you use polishing compound or such. Really unless you have a crappy gun and just practicing or know what you’re doing it is best to leave it to a smith.
     
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    Dale Flinchum New Member

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    Does the bolt stick on new ammo unfired or does it stick after you fire the gun?
     
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    I totally agree with NCFubar. Do not touch the chamber with any kind of abrasive unless you are 100 percent sure you know what the problem is. Have you checked a spent case for over pressure signs? What about the headspace? These things and many more can cause the bolt to stick. I also think we are assuming that the bolt does NOT stick unless a round is chambered.
     
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    If it's a mosin use a 2x4 and hit the bol......just kidding, make sure the chamber is clean and free from any varnishes or burs.

    Bolt not turning could be head space, and a stuck case could be dirty chamber or a bur causing it.

    Had one mosin it would rip the back of the shell off come to find out it had little burs in the chamber, smoothed them out she is slick as snot on a door knob!
     
  6. JimB

    JimB Picking it up slowly. Benefactor Charter Life Member

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    If you’re interested, please back up and describe the problem in more detail. 50 people here will then give you 100 opinions about how to solve your problem, they will however share one common characteristic...they will not involve emery cloth.
     
  7. dman24

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    If it’s on a mosin you can use a 20 gauge bore brush to clean it with a drill. Chuck a piece of cleaning rod and attach the brush to it. Coat with oil and slowly work back and forth in the chamber. The lacquer that is on steel cased ammo gunks the chamber up, and the brush will clean it out without damaging anything. Also can take a pick and clean the locking lugs.
     
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  8. nc-by-the-c

    nc-by-the-c Si Vis Pacem, Para Bellum

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    Toothpaste, flitz etc
     
  9. shadowsbane

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    assuming it is a mosin. it is likely built up cosmoline in the chamber. Easiest way I know to take care of it is find a cheap deep pot you don't care about. Fill it full of boiling water, and stick the chamber end in the water for a few minutes. Conversely you can pour the boiling water down the barrel.

    Then hit is with a chamber brush, and your choice of solvent.

    If there is gunk in the bolt itself, you can make a mix of mineral spirits and ATF fluid (3:1 or 4:1 ratio, work well. ) and soak the gunked up part overnight. I don't recommend this if there are any plastic parts in the bolt. The stuff can eat plastic. But I use it to clean old cosmo, or oils that have turned to shellac frequently.
     
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