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?
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?
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.
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.