Savage 10 bolt is heavy and chunky

Discussion in 'General Rifle Discussion' started by TheDaggle, Nov 4, 2013.

  1. TheDaggle

    TheDaggle Member

    I disassembled and reassembled my savage 10 bolt for a deep cleaning and now the action is really heavy and, for lack of a better word, chunky.
    Now, by virtue of being a savage, it never had the lightest, smoothest action in the world but it seems a lot worse now. I'd estimate the lift weight to be more than 10lbs and I can feel every minute stage of every moving part.
    I had a good amount of difficulty with the firing pin spring. Is it possible that I have it set too tight or too loose? Are there any easy fixes for this? I've read a few articles on bolt lift kits using a .38 casing and a ball bearing but I was never quite sure where the thing went in the bolt :rolleyes:
  2. longunner

    longunner New Member

    Happened on my mossberg after I disassembled it, turns out i I put the magazine follower in funny and had the same problem your experiencing

  3. kfox75

    kfox75 Well-Known Member Supporter

    Yes, it could be the spring is to tight or loose, maybe even in wrong. I do have to ask, did you wipe all of thr excess oil of of the internals before reassembly? Another possibility is worn internal parts, or a burr on one of the parts. I would say tear the bolt down again, inspect it thoroughly and reassemble it. Also double check to make sure that the end cap of the bolt is fully tightened down. I had a similar problem with my dad's old model 110. All it was was excess oil, and a loose cap.

    Best of luck.
  4. Txhillbilly

    Txhillbilly Active Member

    You must have something bound up inside the bolt. They are pretty simple to take apart and put back together,but it has to be done correctly.
    There are plenty of video's on youtube that can show you the proper way to assemble the bolt.

    Savage bolts smooth out with age.I have several that can be operated with your thumb.
    But I also shoot a lot!