Older thread, maybe still active. Also my first post here...
I have the same gun, and echo all the previous sentiments. My first rifle, still in great shape after 35 years, and my 11yo son is now using it. But it has a feeding problem which neither my gunsmith or I have been able to figure out.
Carrier block -appears- to not go up far enough to feed the cartridge in a straight line. This leaves the shell at a slight angle, and when the bolt comes forward, it will either "dent" the bullet or bend the case, depending on how much force is used.
What I've tried:
Disassembled, cleaned, lightly oiled. (Several times!)
Verified the alignment of all parts.
Checked for any unusual wear, burrs, nicks, etc.
And I do always cycle the lever all the way forward.
Open to any thoughts, ideas, or suggestions.