Edge Bolt Feels Odd

Discussion in 'Savage' started by RickG55, Oct 4, 2010.

  1. RickG55

    RickG55 G&G Newbie

    Hi all. A few weeks ago I bought a Savage Edge .7mm-08 with the camo stock, after I had the opportunity to handle one and found how good it felt for me. When I brought the rifle home and assembled it, I discovered that the bolt worked differently than other bolt actions I had in the past (it's been a number of years since I've worked a new bolt action rifle).

    When I go to open the bolt, it works nice and smoothly until almost the top, when I have to give it a fair amount of extra effort to finish opening it all the way. It's hard to describe how this feels, but imagine there's some sort of plastic-feeling high spot the bolt has to go over before it can go up all the way. I don't recall any other bolt action I've worked that felt like that. I have two British Enfields, and neither of them have that "hump" feel. Last Saturday, I bought a Savage 340 .30-30, and that bolt worked smooth as silk, up and back.

    I brought it back where I bought it, and the store owner advised that was normal; he said something about the bolt head. Maybe it is normal. Is this the way new bolt actions in general feel? Is this unique to the Edge? Is this something that smooths out with shooting? It's not really a deal-breaker, though I'll have to work it a lot (empty, of course) so that I can work it fast and effectively to get off a quick second shot.
  2. Para Cassatt

    Para Cassatt G&G Evangelist Forum Contributor

    It sounds like a minor inconvience for a $300 rifle. All new bolt guns won't feel that way but many will have some form of hickup these days even at twice the cost, which is still inexpensive for a rifle. I've only cycled one a couple times and am not very familiar these rifles but would think it would ease over time.

  3. SwedeSteve

    SwedeSteve Freedom Zealot Forum Contributor

    Pull your bolt out and closely inspect it, looking for anything like chips, rough areas etc. Do the same for the channels the bolt rides in. Run your fingers up and down them. Sometimes a little polishing will do wonders. Or you could lube the bolt lugs up real good and just keep working the action to see if it smooths things up. Also watch your self in a mirror why working the action. Sometimes as you get to the rear of the bolt travel you can actually be pulling down on the bolt and make it drag.