September 6, 2020
If I store a bolt action with the bolt in place, I pull the trigger as I close the bolt and it gently releases the firing pin to the uncocked position. This relieves the tension on the spring. If the bolt is removed from gun for storage, it remains cocked. I just do it that way, can’t explain why. RDB P.S. I just remembered, that by removing the bolts I can store more guns in my safe.
November 1, 2013
November 7, 2015
I suppose a “snap-cap” might be a good solution as well. My brother had a (bad) habit of dry-firing his Model 70 as a substitute for actual trigger time at the range. He did it for so long that he peened a “crater” in the bolt face around the firing pin. I took a new drill bit and twirled it gently between my thumb and forefinger to remove the displaced metal. Then I handed him a 30-06 snap cap but watching me remove metal from his precious rifle probably cured him of his dry-fire habit.