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July 29, 2021 - 4:15 pm
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Concerning specifically a 1953 Model 70 Featherweight but with bolt action rifles in general. 

What are thoughts on uncocking the rifle or not for storage?

Good or Bad or neither?

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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.  Embarassed  RDB     P.S. I just remembered, that by removing the bolts I can store more guns in my safe.

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rogertherelic said  I just do it that way, can’t explain why.

“Why” is to relieve strain on the mainspring, & should always be done with bolt-guns.  Not doing it is like leaving a hammer in the full-cock position.

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Thanks Clarence, I edited my post.  Embarassed  RDB

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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. 

 

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