Marlin model 30AS bolt refuses to budge

Discussion in 'General Marlin Discussion' started by guitar_minister, Aug 16, 2013.

  1. guitar_minister

    guitar_minister New Member

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    Okay, company of Gurus!
    I'm brand new to the forum, so if my query is posted in the wrong place or it's been addressed before, forgive my ignorance!

    I love my Marlin.
    My father bought it for me at a Gun show for my 18th birthday, and I've had very few opportunities to shoot it; having just completed college and moved away (now age 23), I have had time to actually acquaint myself with my rifle. I spent most of my college time piddling around with my pistols, but Rifles are a bit harder to conceal on campus....Anyway, I digress!

    I haven't even put fifty rounds through this baby, but it's secondhand, and it's a little beat up; looks of normal wear and tear. I decided to try to break it down for the first time today and give it a Deep cleaning. I put the safety on, cleared the chamber, made sure there were no rounds in the chute, took off my scope and scope mount, and then took the screw out of the front of the lever while it was approximately 3/4 of the way down, and the lever slid out like butter. Kinda what I expected!!

    but the Bolt didn't come out. In fact, it's stuck.

    I can push it back into the chamber area, but the bolt ...when I pull it back, there is approximately one inch of Bolt left inside the gun when it just Jams. I'm pulling the hammer down all the way, so I know it's not that; I tried squirting a little Rem Oil onto it to see if maybe it just had some gunk on it, but lo, that did nothing. :confused: I do not know what I'm doing wrong. All the videos I watched showed it coming out slick and easy.

    So...suggestions for a befuddled 23YO?
     
  2. SHOOTER13

    SHOOTER13 RETIRED MODERATOR Lifetime Supporting

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    Welcome to the Marlin Firearms Forum !!
     

  3. FOUR4D4

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    Does the gun have a scope and the mounting screws to long?
     
  4. FOUR4D4

    FOUR4D4 Moderator Moderator

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    It could be the ejector spring is out of the groove of the bolt.Without being there its hard to say
     
  5. guitar_minister

    guitar_minister New Member

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    I removed the scope and scope mounts, but it was still stuck; after applying a little more lubrication, I was able to pull it out, but it took a good bit of force. It felt like I was pulling an oval shaped plug through a circular hole...

    I don't know if this might have anything to do with it, but I once dated a girl whose father made reloads; he gave me a few boxes of ammo. He swore they weren't "hot", but if they had a bit more powder than they were supposed to, do y'all suppose that could have deformed the front of my bolt?

    After a thorough cleaning, I was able to reinsert the bolt, and it took about half as much pressure to insert it past its trouble spot as it took to remove it. An examination of the bolt didn't show anything that looked out of the ordinary--no wear marks, bent or deformed edges...but perhaps my naked eye isn't keen enough to catch it.

    I'm not sure whether I should take it to test fire or not. Opinions?
     
  6. SHOOTER13

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    The barrel or bolt could be screwed by those reloads...

    I would take the rifle to a gunsmith and NOT shoot it...

    That is...if you still want to play guitar...:rolleyes:
     
  7. guitar_minister

    guitar_minister New Member

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    Alright, when I get a chance, I'll take it in and post the results. Many thanks, shooter13, Four 4D4!
     
  8. 444Hal

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    The only thing I can think of in that "1 inch" area is the extractor. You can pop it off with a screwdriver and see if that solves the problem.
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    Last edited: Aug 22, 2013