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Old 04-29-2009, 05:25 PM   #11
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Thanks for the link southern6er. I can not get the retaining pin to break free. Walmart sells kerosene seasonally here so I will have to wait until I can make a trip to the hardware store to get some. I sprayed the bolt down with break cleaner again and this time I sprayed it down with compressed air, then oiled the firing pin. It seems to have fixed the problem.

After looking at some of the spent cases I am starting to wonder if the ammo I'd the problem. So far I've only shot wolf black box through it. I read that others have had problems with ammo from time to time. The primer strikes from the sks are heavier than any of my centerfire pistols and yet I have not had any problems with any of them in regards to failure to fire.

I have a box of some american made ammo I will try when I get a chance. Unfortunately it's only 20 rounds, and most of the wolf 20 round boxes all fire without a problem. I will post pics of the primer strikes the gun produces when I get a chance.

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I used a hammer and a hole punch to get the pin out. It took a few solid hits to get it out, but it came out on the 3rd or 4th strike.
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The metal my punch was made from must have been very cheap because the punch actually deformed. Believe me, I beat on that pin but it proved to be a worth adversary. I will have to get a better punch and give it another go. I do think that my problems are ammo related, the primer strikes are solid. The gun shoots fine, hasn't gone full auto on me or anything, but I am very careful with it just in case. When I can get in there and really give it a good cleaning I will feel much better about considering the gun 'battle ready' so to speak.

I like the gun alot. 50 yards from a knee 10/10 shots into center mass, similar results from 100 yards with iron sites, the gun is accurate enough for my current needs/wants.
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I would suggest looking for Kroil. It's a cleaner that will take out just about anything. You can soak the parts in that overnight and it should come apart relatively easy. I have always had good results with Kroil.
+1000 - best stuff ever made - "the oil that creeps" into spaces as small as one-one millionth of an inch". I removed a broken exhaust manifold stud from the engine block of an 86 Mitsubishi, by hand, after applying a few drops to the broken stud and waiting 30 minutes for it to penetrate the threads. I ordered a gallon 15 years ago and just finished it. Paid $28/gallon from the manufacturer. The gun shops sell it for $12/pt. Order it from directly from Kano Labs ( the manufacturer) it's much cheaper that way.
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I detail stripped mine, put everything except for the furniture I could in the oven at 200 degrees for 1/2 hour. The cosmoline just drips out. Then take the parts and put 'em in a tub that's long enough for the barrel and fill the tub with TSP Substitute from lowe's or HD. An old tooth brush,and an old dish brush and a bore brush with CLP Breakfree and I was done. BTW expect to have more cosmo drips once you heat the barrel up while firing. Just clean it again.
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