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Old January 5th, 2013, 07:35 PM   #1
 
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Unhappy Ruger M77 Bolt Reassembly

I have an older M77 bolt action rifle. My son was cleaning and removed the bolt. Now can't get it back in. What am I doing wrong?



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Old January 5th, 2013, 07:36 PM   #2
 
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Did you take the bolt apart, or just remove it?
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He just removed it.
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Old January 5th, 2013, 07:42 PM   #4
 
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Look on the left side of the receiver where the bolt goes into. There should be a small "Lever". Carefully pull this back while inserting the bolt. That should work!
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The firing pin doesn't appear to be cocked and so the bolt hits the safety and won't go in further.
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Old January 5th, 2013, 07:48 PM   #6
 
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Try pulling the trigger simultaneously while trying to put it back in.
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Nothing. Do I need to disassmble the bolt? is there a way to cock it?
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Old January 5th, 2013, 07:57 PM   #8
 
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Now you are leaving MY comfort zone. The only other trick I know is to do everything we discussed, but rotate the bolt "lugs" around to get the bolt to go in. If that doesn't do it, you MIGHT have to disassemble. I would wait though, as some one with MORE experience with the M77 WILL know the answer.

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Thanks for trying.
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Sorry. You might download a manual from the web if you don't have one.....Gotta be something simple.


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AH! Found that you have to use force to twist the firing pin assembly and then it clears.
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Success? Yeah Buddy!
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twist the firing pin assembly? 'splain dat.
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twist the firing pin assembly? 'splain dat.
The only thing I can think of is that little "arm" that runs the length of the bolt and rotates. If it turns out of place (can easily happen while cleaning it -and I've done it), it won't go back into the gun. You just have to turn it back into the position it was in when you pulled the bolt out.

Edit: I just pulled mine out, according to an exploded diagram, what I'm describing is the extractor.

Number 13 on this diagram.

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Don't know why a FAQ sticky isn't posted on this sub forum topic on how to dissasemble/assemble a rifle bolt. But this was a helpful video.

Ruger M77 Hawkeye - YouTube

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