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Old 07-11-2018, 06:10 PM
tyler9274 tyler9274 is offline
 
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Default Mauser bolt Question. Safe to fire?

I have a yugo M48A with a little bolt play. When i pull the trigger (take up the slack) the rear end of the bolt moves downward. Its a very small movement but when i noticed it I wondered about it being safe to fire. My K98 doesn't do this. I've never shot the M48. Is this a typical thing? I'm sure yugo tolerances were a bit relaxed compared to what the Germans were producing. As far as i can tell there is no forward or rearward travel.

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Old 07-11-2018, 07:25 PM
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I had an M48 that did the same thing. The sear was pulling the cocking piece down. maybe because of excess friction from a rough surface or the angles not machined just right. That rifle was supposedly new when I bought it, it was one of the first rifles I ever purchased and I didn't give it a second thought (didn't know better). I fired 100's of rounds through it with no problems. I remember buying 80 round bandoliers of Yugo surplus for $8 each, or for the same price 20 rounds of S&B. My K98 doesn't do it either.
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Old 07-11-2018, 09:25 PM
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Virtually all bolt actions do this to some extent. The main significance is to affect the trigger pull. Mosin Nagano are the worst. I once swapped the receiver on my 1917 match rifle to get less slop and a better trigger pull. Don't worry about safety. Good Shooting. ...
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Old 07-12-2018, 08:07 PM
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Thanks for the input guys! I'll get it out of the safe and see how she shoots next range trip!
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