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Old April 23rd, 2017, 06:54 PM   #1
 
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Mark 3 Bolt Stop

I've read many posts about the bolt stop on the MK 3 Target (all steel, not 22/45). And the issue of rounding off the top of the bolt hold open by simply depressing the lever to load the first round. I've read the manual describing the slingshot method to load. Since so many have posted that the lever should not be used to drop the bolt, why is it serrated on top to aid in depressing it? And Ruger's own video on disassembly shows the instructor dropping the bolt using the lever. If it isn't supposed to be used in this manner, why is it even present on the outside of the gun? And why would the manufacturer then show it being used in this manner in their own video? I've sent an email to Ruger with this question. I'll follow up this post when I receive their response. I'd appreciate some opinions on this please.



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Laird ... If you choose to use the bolt stop to drop the bolt on your MKIII, it is your right to do so. As a practical matter I choose not to do so on my MKIII in effort to reduce any unnecessary wear to the bolt stop. Mine is now well over 90,000 rounds with no appreciable wear to the bolt stop so it would appear in retrospect to have been a good decision. For the record, I use the slingshot method on all my semi-auto pistols for the same reason. YMMV
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I agree with you. I follow the manual's recommended practice of retracting the bolt and letting it slingshot forward from either the held open position or when fully closed. I'm just curious as to why the Ruger video would show someone using it as a bolt "release" when it's obvious that there have been cases of wear on that part. And the fact that it seems to be designed as a bolt release due to the grippy surface on top. It just seems odd that they show that when it isn't intended to be used that way. But as I said, I'm curious about Ruger's reply to this question.
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Ruger's response is......for the record:
"This is a bolt stop and is not designed to be used as a bolt release. In doing so it will cause wear, rounding the sides and eventually cause fail to hold open."
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