Go Back   CMP Forums > CMP Sales > CMP Bolt Action Rifles
Register FAQ Members List Calendar Mark Forums Read

Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1  
Old 07-14-2017, 12:09 PM
laitken laitken is offline
 
Join Date: Oct 2016
Posts: 6
Default Tight bolt operation on 1903

I bought an Excellent grade 1903 from the CMP that I want to shoot in the Garand matches held here in Southern Arizona. I'm having a hard time operating the bolt in the prone position and sitting position. Other shooters I observe seem to have smooth and easy operating bolts in these two positions.

Is it me, or does the receiver need work to smooth out the tightness of the bolt? In the prone position, I have to completely get out of position each time I reload and this costs me too much time in the rapid fire sequence of the match.
Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old 07-14-2017, 12:34 PM
Roadkingtrax Roadkingtrax is offline
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Snowbird Land
Posts: 8,177
Default

Would you classify this as a problem with bolt lift, or the heaviness of the spring? Or more the bolt feels rough/resisting your efforts to cycle it?

Are you by chance using any surplus ammunition, like Greek M2 ball sold by the CMP?
__________________
"The tigers of wrath are wiser than the horses of instruction." ~William Blake
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 07-14-2017, 12:39 PM
laitken laitken is offline
 
Join Date: Oct 2016
Posts: 6
Default

It's the bolt lift just before the bolt is cycled to the rear. It's hard to raise it. I am shooting Creedmore match ammo.
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 07-14-2017, 12:52 PM
Roadkingtrax Roadkingtrax is offline
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Snowbird Land
Posts: 8,177
Default

Do you have any access to extra firing pin springs?

If not, perhaps you could try a different one to see if it helps. Do you ever shoot the Tucson C&R matches?
__________________
"The tigers of wrath are wiser than the horses of instruction." ~William Blake
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 07-14-2017, 02:29 PM
fartblossom1953 fartblossom1953 is offline
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Newport N.C.
Posts: 552
Default

The chamber is rough and mine did exactly the same. Find a long brass or wood rod and some crocus cloth and polish it some. Chamber patina (micro rust) is grabbing the case and the first move of the bolt up is supposed to break it free. Split the end of the rod first to hold the cloth. Just my two cents.
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 07-14-2017, 02:40 PM
laitken laitken is offline
 
Join Date: Oct 2016
Posts: 6
Default

Probably difficult obtaining a different firing pin spring. I have only shot in the J.C. Garand match. When you see the many vintage rifles being used here, you would think it was a C. & R. match.
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 07-14-2017, 03:28 PM
Greg Ficklin Greg Ficklin is offline
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: South Carolina
Posts: 576
Default

Very common with 1903. It's the spring in the bolt. You can take it out and cut some off of it. Somewhere between 1/2" to 3/4" removed from the spring will allow it to open/cock easier, and still fire any ammo. It also prevents unnecessary wear on the bolt cam, and firing pin. Get an extra spring and start cutting 1/2 inch at first, and then 1/4 inch increments until it won't fire, or you are satisfied that the bolt lift is easy enough. This will also affect the feel of the trigger.
__________________
Distinguished Rifleman #2198
NRA HP XTC High Master (service rifle)
NRA Patron Life member
PCGC Junior Team coach
CMP GSM Master Inst.
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 07-14-2017, 04:03 PM
S99VG S99VG is offline
 
Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: Northern California
Posts: 1,805
Default

What he said ^
Reply With Quote
  #9  
Old 07-14-2017, 04:48 PM
laitken laitken is offline
 
Join Date: Oct 2016
Posts: 6
Default

Thanks! I'll get another spring and carefully start shortening it. It will be wonderful to cock the rifle without breaking my positions.

Sent from my SM-G935V using Tapatalk
Reply With Quote
  #10  
Old 07-14-2017, 05:55 PM
Roadkingtrax Roadkingtrax is offline
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Snowbird Land
Posts: 8,177
Default

Do you ever shoot up in Phoenix?
__________________
"The tigers of wrath are wiser than the horses of instruction." ~William Blake
Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off



All times are GMT -5. The time now is 07:46 AM.