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Old April 6th, 2015, 06:31 PM   #1
 
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Ruger is no longer staking the bolt for the firing pin - I'm told

I had reported earlier that my bolt om my charger was not staked for thr firing pin.

No firing pin staking on bolt

I called Ruger and they asked me to send them a photo of the bolt, which I did. Here it is: The Charger bolt is on top and a bolt from my 10-22 Takedown rifle is on the bottom.



Ruger sent me this answer:

Hi , I Did show the tech the bolt pictures you sent and the new process is not like the old they do not stamp the bolts any longer the guide rod is what holds the bolt firearm in. I you want to call me feel free , if I’ve answered your question then have a good day. Take care.

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Now, I'm not sure I believe this. I have seen threads about light staking causing misfires and light strikes. I can see no difference between the bolts or the recoil spring/bolt handles for either the Charger or the 10-22 Takedown rifle I have.

So, please check your new Chargers to see if your bolts are staked or not. If what I was told is true, then all of the new bolts will not be staked. OR, I was fed a bunch of BS by Ruger. Please let me know what you find.



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Old April 7th, 2015, 11:36 AM   #2
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MarkB, If you look closely at your top photo, you can see it is staked in the same position as in the lower photo. The staked section is not as obvious and is more of a flat area versus a cold chisel stake in the lower photo.

Try this .... remove the firing pin stop pin (cross pin) and try to lift the firing pin straight up. On both types of staked bolts, the staked area will NOT allow the firing pin to move up ... only to the front or rear. No doubt, this is a change in production but in the overall scheme of things ... it produces the same results and doesn't look as amateur.

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I did your suggestion and removed the bolt and the firing pin. I compared a Kidd firing pin with the original firing pin and they are identical except for the obvious finish differences. Both firing pins can be lifted straight up through the area where the staking should be on the Charger bolt. The 10-22 Takedown bolt with the staking does not allow the firing pin to be lifted past the staking. A close look shows both bolts have the small flat areas in the same location. Ruger has stated that the guide rod (bolt handle?) holds the firing pin in place. I don't see how this is possible with the parts I have. Every single part of the new Charger is identical to the parts from the older 10-22 Takedown. I can see no difference and I'm beginning to believe that I was handed a bunch of BS from Ruger and the bolt needs to be staked.

My choices are to continue to get Ruger to send me a correctly staked and safe bolt or just say the hell with it and order a Kidd Bolt and trash the Ruger crap.

IF ANYONE FROM RUGER READS THIS, PLEASE RESPOND!
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My 10/22 is only six months old and the firing pin is not staked in place. I have shot thousands of rounds through it, with no light strikes or malfunctions. The only thing I did to the bolt was to replace the extractor with a VQ.
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Unless you're experiencing some sort of malfunction I don't think I'd worry too much about it. Manufacturing processes are constantly changing. If it works and it shoots, don't lose any more sleep over what is likely a non issue.
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Unless you're experiencing some sort of malfunction I don't think I'd worry too much about it. Manufacturing processes are constantly changing. If it works and it shoots, don't lose any more sleep over what is likely a non issue.
Thanks, Owly. The answer I received was that the guide rod holds the firing pin in place. That's funny because the guide rod is not even close to the firing pin. But you are right. If it works, don't worry. If I have problems, there is always a Kidd bolt.
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It sounds like the representative you spoke to is likely not that technically proficient and may not have relayed the technicians words correctly.
FYI neither of my 10/22s have a staked pin and they work just fine.
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