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Old November 30th, 2016, 05:20 PM   #1
 
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How should I smooth bolt on Ruger American

I'm wanting to sand down the bolt in my rifle so that it's not as loud and is smooth when reloading it.

I watched a YouTube video where a guy applied JB boring compound to the bolt and cycled it 200-300 times in and out of the gun so that it would make it smoother and more quiet. The comments on the video were saying to keep it off of the head of the bolt because it can ruin the gun. Has anyone done this before or have any opinions on this?

I also read a comment about a guy wet sanding the bolt. The only problem I could think of with this is not sanding the bolt evenly resulting in flat spots. I think it would be hard to do that with really fine sand paper but I'm still not sure.

Any opinions would be much appreciated!

Also if I have posted in the forum incorrectly please let me know. I honestly don't understand where to post and how the forum works.

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Okay any ideas on how I can achieve this?
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Clean it really good with a good solvent like Hoppe's No. 9, lube it lightly, and then work the bolt. Settle into your recliner, and watch some episodes of Longmire, The Walking Dead, or whatever your favorite TV show is, and work the bolt. After awhile, clean and lube it again. It will smooth up, and get nice and quiet. Dry fire it a bit, too, and the trigger will get better.
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Ok thanks ditto1958. The bolt its self makes a really rough and annoying noise when moving it back a forth. Here is what this guy did. Does this seem too abrasive?


One of my friends told me that his friend has used tooth past to smooth his. I'm not sure that I want to go that route but will do what is nessacary.
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I used lithium grease on mine, on the front lugs and the groove at the rear of the bolt, which was roughly finished. (That's being polite) and cycled the bolt a bunch, and shot it a bunch more. Then I cleaned it and lubed the bolt in the normal manner, and while you would never mistake it for a Weatherby, it smoothed up nicely.
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I have two Ruger Americans and I followed a procedure, I *believe* I read in the NRA Gunsmithing guide years ago.

Basically, I did what the guy above in the youtube did, except I used 400 grit non-embedding comp9und from Browenells (sorry don't have the part number). Cycled the action on both, before I shot either one of them, about 300-400 times, smoothed it right out, just like the video above showed. Huge improvement IMO.

The same article also discussed lapping the locking lugs, which I also did, although I didn't use nearly as much lapping compound nor did I leave it on very long. What the YT commenters were saying is that lapping the locking lugs would open the headspace up, which I don't see how it could do it enough to make the rifle unsafe to fire much less "destroy" it. Brownells even has a tool to help you do it (or at least used to have it).

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Ok, how do you edit posts? I couldn't find anyway to edit my post above.

Anyway, here's an example of the lapping compound I was talking about. Brownells description of it even mentions lapping rifle bolts

Well ok, this forum won't let me post links, so you'll have to find it yourself. Go to the Brownell's site and do a search on lapping compounds, just like I did.
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Ok I just purchased a used Interarms Mark X Mauser action .243 bolt action it was dirty I cleaned it up then I used some Militec Grease on it. This is a special lube & also oil that I purchased several years ago to use on my 1911. Well this also works very nice on Bolt action and lever action rifles as well.
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Ok, how do you edit posts? I couldn't find anyway to edit my post above.

Anyway, here's an example of the lapping compound I was talking about. Brownells description of it even mentions lapping rifle bolts

Well ok, this forum won't let me post links, so you'll have to find it yourself. Go to the Brownell's site and do a search on lapping compounds, just like I did.
You might have to have 10 posts or more, not sure.
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Ok Lc, thanks. I'll get there, eventually!

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Like the old saying goes. They just don't make em' like they use to.

Remember when you could get a fantastic looking piece of wood, all the screw slots were horizontal facing, bluing was even and smooth, all metal on metal was machined smooth and slid almost effortlessly with a light lube. ???
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Yea, but back then they didn't cost more than you make in a month!
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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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Yea, but back then they didn't cost more than you make in a month!
They don't now either.
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