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Old 03-21-2009, 10:59 PM
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Default Bolt Action maintenance

I have my dad's Mauser 98 30-06. I've yet to clean it or maintain it. What is involved in cleaning it, oiling, etc.? Is it tricky to work on the bolt? Can you direct me to some good resources?

Also, the rear safety is jammed, any tips on unjamming it?

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Old 03-22-2009, 12:58 AM
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Taking the bolt apart is pretty easy:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2A_-FnDhmAc

Not sure about the safety.
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No it's not difficult, my son knew how to assemble and disassemble a Mauser bolt when he was 3 years old (seriously) pushing in the retining pin and turning the cocking sleeve are the only thing he needs help with, just not strong enough to handle those parts on his own yet.
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I'm not sure about the safety on the Mouser but it may not do anything until the bolt is cycled and cocked. Sorry if I am stating the obvious or if you already tried that.

I have noticed that if some oils sit for a long time (years) it can get gummy. That could cause the sticking safety and it is something you will want to address when cleaning.
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Old 03-23-2009, 2:32 PM
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I'm not sure about the safety on the Mouser but it may not do anything until the bolt is cycled and cocked. Sorry if I am stating the obvious or if you already tried that.

I have noticed that if some oils sit for a long time (years) it can get gummy. That could cause the sticking safety and it is something you will want to address when cleaning.
You might consider getting a chamber plug and letting some ATF sit in the barrel overnight. This will loosen up any hardened deposits that have stuck to the inside of the barrel and hardened over the course of the years.

After that, you can probably get by with a nylon brush (which is better for the barrel) but you'll probably need to get a metal bore brush, if it's really dirty...

After that, a wipe-down of the outside metal with a rag, some Q-tips (to get into the hard to reach places) and a bottle of break-free and she should be ready to shoot. Consider checking your headspace and throat errosion before firing the rifle, though. It should be fine but it never hurts to be careful...

As was mentioned, the safety will only actuate when the bolt is cocked and ready to fire. If it still doesn't work, there might be a problem with the bolt. Consult a gunsmith...

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Old 03-23-2009, 2:40 PM
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Thanks, I'll get to it.
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