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TheHunter100 08-25-2012 05:38 PM

It's hard to feed my 30-30
I have a marlin 30-30 and everytime I load it, and I'm pushing the bullet in I have to kinda force it and it hurts the tip of my fingers. I even tried oiling it up when I was cleaning it it helped a little, but still pretty much the same.

Any suggestions?

mountainman13 08-25-2012 05:46 PM

Keep using it. Your fingers will toughen and it will loosen. I wouldn't recommend trying to alter it or you could end up with feed issues. Most people say its hard to feed because of the price of ammo. Lol

TheHunter100 08-25-2012 06:25 PM

Ok thanks for the tip, its probably because its pretty much a new gun.

mountainman13 08-25-2012 06:29 PM

Great gun. Mine was a tack driver.

locutus 08-25-2012 10:22 PM

It will loosen up a bit with use, and your technique will improve with practice.

Axxe55 08-25-2012 10:28 PM

the spings and loading gate are pretty tight when new. they will become much better with more shooting and time.

TheHunter100 08-26-2012 12:13 AM

So, about how for it to break in.

locutus 08-26-2012 12:49 AM


Originally Posted by TheHunter100 (Post 916100)
So, about how for it to break in.

A couple of hundred rounds.

CHLChris 08-26-2012 12:56 AM

I have the same basic problem. But for me it only hurts during that last couple of centimeters. What I do, instead, is push the cartridge as far as comfortable, then use the next one to push the previous cartridge all the way in. Then, I only have to push really hard on the last round (#6).

zebramochaman 08-26-2012 01:42 AM

My 336 is circa 1960's so it has been pretty much broken in. Although it does require some pressure on the cartridge to load through the gate it is not uncomfortable. Yours should break in over time. I am about to order Skinner sights for mine that will make this incredible shooter even more accurate.

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