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jon1992d 08-08-2011 05:49 AM

22 lr wont fire
I have an older bolt action 22 Cal long rifle marlin. I'm not sure how old but more than 7 years for sure. For some reason it won't fire. I've taken it apart and cleaned it top to bottom but when I pull the trigger nothing happens not even a click. Any suggestions on what mite be wrong?

c3shooter 08-08-2011 09:43 AM

1. Safety is on
2. Sear is not catching the striker when bolt is closed, so it goes all the way forward
3. Mainspring broken

jon1992d 08-08-2011 06:40 PM

I know the saftey is off when I fire. I think the firring pin is mushroomed or when I pull the trigger the thing that hits the pin isn't releasing.

willshoum 08-08-2011 07:10 PM

Pm stalking bear or big shreck.......

jon1992d 08-08-2011 07:18 PM

I'm not sure what that means. I'm acualy new into gunsmithing and still learning

hiwall 08-08-2011 07:54 PM

To start with we need the brand and model number for this gun so we know what it is that you have. If it is a single shot then you might have to manually cock it before it will fire. Tell us exactly what gun it is and we'll find out what is wrong with it. When you push the bolt forward is there resistance (like pushing on a spring)? Or does the bolt move freely forward and backwards? Is the trigger springy? Or when you pull the trigger does it stay back?

jon1992d 08-08-2011 08:20 PM

I will post the numbers as soon as i get home as of now i can tell you it is a marlin. When i use the bolt it goes back and forward very easily and feels free. when i pull the trigger i guess you can say it feels like a spring. it dosent make any noise no clicks or anything. As i said i will post the numbers so we can see exactly what it is as soon as I get home. Thanks everyone for helping so far.

hydrashok 08-09-2011 03:56 AM

The mainspring may have lost the amount of tension necessary for the firing pin to hit the primer hard enough to cause it to ignite.

Also, is your bolt clean?? I have seen flakes of unfired gunpowder, carbon, dust, and gunk buildup cause enough resistance to keep the firing pin from protruding far enough. It's more common in semi-autos, but I've seen it in bolt actions.

jon1992d 08-09-2011 04:41 AM

Thanks for the help everyone when I took it completely apart I saw the mainsting wasn't releasing. I got it worked out and it's back to new. Thanks again for all the help!

danf_fl 08-09-2011 09:20 AM


Originally Posted by jon1992d (Post 558321)
I know the saftey is off when I fire. I think the firring pin is mushroomed or when I pull the trigger the thing that hits the pin isn't releasing.

With the bolt removed, can you manually move the firing pin?
Will the trigger release the sear without the bolt (use you finger to gently allow the hammer to fall)?

Dry fire will do a lot of damage to a .22lr.

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