Hi all- I've got an M1 that has a peculiar feed issue that I cannot seem to nail down. When I insert a fully loaded clip the rifle initially functions properly. That is, the clip depresses the follower enough to unlock the follower assembly which should allow the bolt to strip the first round and chamber it with a light tap on the operating rod handle. What happens with mine is that the bolt will travel forward about 1/2 inch and then stop. Only after striking the operating rod handle hard enough to cause some real pain in the palm of my hand will it begrudgingly chamber the first round. After that, it functions just fine. In order to fix the problem I have done the following: First, I cycled all of my clips (15 of them) through the rifle. No help. Second, I purchased and installed a new milspec follower spring. Improved overall function, but didn't solve my problem. Third, I disassembled it and carefully inspected all involved parts for evidence that it was hanging up someplace. I found a rough spot in the op rod follower track and smoothed it out but it didn't help. Fourth, on a whim I inserted a clip with only 7 rounds. Wow! It chambered that first round so fast it almost took my thumb with it. I've thought of heating all of my clips and stretching them so they don't have as much tension but I'm worried that they won't hold the rounds. I've attached a picture of the point were the bolt stops moving forward. Has anyone encountered a similar problem and if so how did you overcome it?