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gl0ckc0ma
05-06-2011, 8:33 PM
Without damaging anything.

Specifically a Stevens Model 200 in .308

Sorry for the nooby question

23 Blast
05-06-2011, 9:00 PM
Don't worry, you won't hurt anything. The only guns in which dry firing is verboten are rimfires, because the dry firing will eventually peen the edge of the chamber. In centerfires, I wouldn't worry about it.

sniper4usmc
05-06-2011, 9:03 PM
I dry fired 10/22 all the times

$P-Ritch$
05-06-2011, 9:14 PM
Yeah, most modern .22's have firing pin stops in them now as well. I know that my ruger mkIII 22/45 specific states in the manual that the stop make it safe to dry fire.

Snapping Twig
05-06-2011, 9:52 PM
A neat way of releasing the firing pin w/o any possible damage is to depress the trigger as you are closing the bolt lever down slowly into battery.

I learned that trick a long time ago.

Jonathan Doe
05-07-2011, 5:27 AM
I do dry fire occasionally. Some people say dry firing will cause the firing pin to break. But, I am armorer trained, and can change parts without a problem. I don't worry about it.

MongooseV8
05-07-2011, 6:34 AM
A neat way of releasing the firing pin w/o any possible damage is to depress the trigger as you are closing the bolt lever down slowly into battery.

^This^

Flouncer
05-07-2011, 6:38 AM
Can you dry fire a bolt action rifle?

Yes, should be perfectly safe for the weapon and firing pin.

That is opinion based on my bolt gun. Perhaps an FAQ or e-mail at the Savage site or the Savage Forum to confirm ??

Sunday
05-07-2011, 7:40 AM
I would use snap caps for this reason,,,, They will give you bolting practice.