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Old November 19th, 2019, 01:52 PM   #31
 
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Update: I was able to get out to the range again today with 120 rounds and my 4 Ruger magazines. After firing a few rounds out of my second magazine, the bolt hold open engaged and locked the bolt back again. This was a different magazine than last time, so I don't think it's a magazine issue.

This is the third time this has happened. Something is engaging the bolt hold open tab while firing. I haven't found a single case of this problem in any forum. I am at a total loss as to why. My only guess is that the spent brass may be boucing off the wall or ceiling of the indoor range I shoot at, and back into the receiver of the gun, perhaps hitting the bolt hold open button.

I also had one failure to extract today, but I hadn't cleaned the rifle in 300 or so rounds. I have sinced cleaned it. I had no other problems today.

I don't think that is why the bolt is locking back because the rifle was clean the first time it happened.

I have no idea what to do now. I might bring it to the gunsmith.
The bolt hold open device is held in place under the door on the left side of the receiver. It also has a spring on it. My guess is either the spring is weak, it has been installed incorrectly or it is missing. If it's missing that leaves the bolt hold open device just bouncing around under that door. The door opens by sliding it down while the action is out of the stock. Check the spring and if it is there get a new one and replace it.

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Old November 19th, 2019, 03:22 PM   #32
 
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If checking or removing the spring keep your thumb on the plunger as you remove it, if the spring is there and the plunger is not controlled upon removal the spring and plunger will go into low earth orbit, lesson learned the hard way.
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Update: I had 5 failures to eject in 150 rounds the other day. The problem is getting worse. I contacted Ruger, and they are having me send it back in for the 2nd time. The failures happened with 2 different Ruger 20 round magazines with Federal American Eagle .223. The Mini 14 was cleaned and oiled too. I have less than 1,000 total through it.
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