Originally Posted by Leathermarshmallow
My son just got one last week. I came home and he had it totally apart cleaning with hot water mostly. It came out very nice. Oiled it back up and took it to the range yesterday. He shot it 20 times and really likes it. The only problem that I saw was that at times the bolt is very hard to open. There was a guy next to us shooting his Nagant also. He had the same issue with the bolt. I can only assume that it is pretty common.
Nothing wrong with your rifle. Some of the bolts are stiff, but they weren't meant to be babied. Slap hell out of them opening and closing, they won't mind, they are used to it. I think they may even like it. (It's a Soviet thing)
If you are having problems opening while extracting a shell, make sure that there is not dried cosmoline in the chamber. It hides in there and is difficult to see. A .20 ga. shotgun brush will generally take care of it, if that is an issure.