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    New member - I bought a used ADL that will not fire

    Good morning. I bought a used ADL in 30-06 that appears to function fine but will not fire. I've cleaned the rifle, thinking that it may be a fouling issue but it still will not go bang. The bolt appears to be fine and the firing pin is revealed 1-1.5 mm when placed into the fired position. When I examine the back of the bolt the firing pin guide is recessed approx. 5 mm when out of the rifle, but only 2-3 mm when "fired" in the rifle. Obviously something is impeding the full movement of the firing pin. The sear depresses when I pull the trigger and press down on it. The safety works as it should when engaged/disengaged. There is just no indentation noted on the primers.

    The rifle appears to be a July 1972 manufacture when I look the SN up online. It was obviously well cared for as the rifling is sharp and the wood stock is in good shape. I bought it from someone that does not know the history of the rifle.

    Any suggestions? What am I missing?

    Thanks.
    Last edited by MSGB545; 05-12-2020 at 10:29 AM. Reason: incomplete information

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    Welcome to the Forum from New York.

    Might be the firing pin spring in the bolt. Do you know how to disassemble the bolt?

    Bob
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    Thank you Bob. I had disassembled the bolt previously and found nothing there.

    Last evening I went further with the disassembly, removing the scope and Leupold base- and finding that one of the Torx screws was too long. Approx. 0.5 mm of the screw penetrated into the breech and impeded the movement of the lug- preventing full closing of the bolt. I visited the grinder with this screw - Problem solved! I wish I would have thought of this sooner.....

    Thanks for your help.
    Last edited by MSGB545; 05-15-2020 at 08:12 AM.

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    Glad that you fixed it.

    Bob
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    That’s a new one to me ,thanks for sharing.


 

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