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This is a discussion on How should I smooth bolt on Ruger American within the Ruger Bolt Action forums, part of the Rifle & Shotgun Forum category; Originally Posted by Dave270 I bought my Ruger American in .308 Winchester about 6 months ago.. When I got it home, I took it apart, ...


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Old December 27th, 2016, 05:40 AM   #16
 
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I bought my Ruger American in .308 Winchester about 6 months ago.. When I got it home, I took it apart, cleaned it, adjusted the trigger, and put it back together.. I put a light coating of 3in1 oil on the bolt and cycled the bolt about 25 or 30 times.. I try to dry fire my rifle at least three times a week, just for practice.. Maybe I got an exception to the rule, but my Ruger was fairly smooth out of the box, and now it operates slick as owl crap. In fact, it is the slickest working bolt rifle that I have, much slicker than my Remington 700's...

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That's why I like buying local. I can inspect the weapon before I purchase it. If there's anything I don't like, I can look at another or not buy it.

Also once home I strip, clean and buff/polish/smooth out any burrs from machining that the QC might have missed.



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Old December 27th, 2016, 09:08 AM   #17
 
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My new Ruger American is a bit rough on the bolt cycle as well.
On a previous rifle I cleaned the gun really well then used Remington 40X cleaner. It's a mild abrasive. I worked the bolt several hundred times.

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Shouldn't have to do any thing to make the bolt smooth. Cheaply done bolt. Sent mine back to Ruger.
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A lot of today's shooter get their answers from YT and its utterly appauling what's uploaded today. Its hard to get honest advice even at the local gun dealers since a lot of the sales staff don't know their subject.. they don't know machining principles nor processes..
I advise against anyone using lapping compound on a rifle bolt unless they have some background. Nevertheless- your post about a noisy bolt only means you're going to attempt to correct a non essential issue. The easiest way is to grab a sanding sponge and work the surfaces but pay attention to use only light pressure on the sponge. Take caution around the back of the bolt and close to the lugs. You don't want to change the diameter of the bolt in the areas of the receiver bridge and ring. Total work time should only take about 2 minutes. Clean w alcohol.. wipe w mineral oil. Apply light trickle of graphite..work action a few times. Pull trigger to remove load. Return rifle to display rack!
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I saw a Weatherby just yesterday in the used rack at my local fun store, that had a $7,000 price tag on it. I don't know what you make, but I'm retired, and I can assure you, it's more than I make in a month.
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New to the forum, not weapons. The issue everyone seems to be referring to is that zipping noise when cycling the bolt. If you look at the bolt body surface, those fine lines are where Ruger didn't get the surface smooth enough. What you are hearing is the high spots, or ridges sliding against the metal of the receiver raceway. Over time they will wear and the noise will eventually lessen or go away. When the YT guy is using the JB BorePaste, he's just speeding up the process. Don't know that it's hurting anything, but you can get aggressive and then you can't put that metal back. My concern with using any abrasive is being careful enough to get ALL of it out of every nook and cranny in the raceway, the locking lug receiver, chamber. And it would be easy to get some into the bolt body. So for us to get a great deal on a really good rifle we may have to do a little work the factory didn't. Doesn't make Ruger bad, they just shaved that corner and we can either let it wear in natural or sit and watch a ball game, NASCAR, or other favorite program and drive our signifigant other crazy cycling the bolt and strengthening our muscle memory. Good shooting, and glad to be here...
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