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Old 09-13-2018, 04:55 PM   #1
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Hunter 84L - Stuck Bolt - Empty Chamber

Rifle is a Kimber Hunter 84L.
Before you assume it's the usual brand of stuck bolt problem, I'll preface the rest by saying: it's not.
There is no round in the chamber. There is no bad brass involved. There has never been an over-book or even "hot" handload fired in it.
Two weeks ago at the range, and for over a year before, it has functioned flawlessly.
It was cleaned as usual and put away in the safe. Climate controlled room where the safe is located and never put away in any state but clean. Zero chance of corrosion or sticky goo or grease.
I took it out today to prep and check it before a range trip tomorrow. When I lifted the bolt handle, everything appeared to work fine, but the bolt is stuck. It will not move forward or back. I can close the handle, work the safety, dryfire, and everything works fine. Hammer cocks and drops on trigger pull. Magazine goes in and out without any trouble.
But the bolt will not slide back even a millimeter.
Anybody else experience this? Solution? Cause?
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Old 09-13-2018, 06:12 PM   #2
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Haven't heard of that one before. My guess, and it's only a guess, is that perhaps the bolt release is broken/stuck and as such, is binding the bolt from releasing.

You can't access anything if the action is in the stock, so removal for inspection would be the first step.

I'm certain others will chime in, and somebody will nail it. Once remedied, please post the cause of the malady.
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Old 09-13-2018, 06:51 PM   #3
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push with a dowel up front as you pull bolt back
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Native, welcome to the site from Tennessee.
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Thanks for the replies and the welcome. Figured it out. I'd already tried a rubber mallet and a dowel before posting the question.

I dismantled the rifle searching for a pin or screw or something binding or blocking the bolt travel somehow. No luck, but as I worked the bolt handle up and down, noticed it was starting to get a little bound up, too. A couple more times and I could see a little piece of fiber sticking out from under the action shroud over the back of the bolt above the bolt release tab.

A couple more times and it worked itself further out until I was able to slide the bolt back and it popped free. A tiny piece of fiber of some kind had somehow gotten into the bolt race and caught on the bolt release where it was binding so tight that the bolt could not move. Working the bolt handle up and down apparently shredded it to the point where it stretched apart.

Unreal. Probably never happen again, to anybody.

Sure does make one appreciate those "sloppy" Mauser and Springfield actions, though.
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Good to know, though. I like getting information like that, because you never know if something like that will happen.
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Old 09-14-2018, 08:34 PM   #7
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Gmountain - yeah, never would have looked for that, but if it helps somebody else, so be it. I'll take the hit. Rifle did just fine today at the range. Is that the Stetson 'S' for your avatar?
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Gmountain - yeah, never would have looked for that, but if it helps somebody else, so be it. I'll take the hit. Rifle did just fine today at the range. Is that the Stetson 'S' for your avatar?
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Ah, thought it might have been, but I was being optimistic.
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