Re: 270 Savage Axis bolts
It does have to be cocked to be put in and out of the rifle. If its uncocked the cocking piece wont line up with the bolt raceway.
To cock it just mash the forward edge of the cocking piece against the edge of the table and pull down and rotate the bolt counter clockwise until the cocking piece sits in its cocked notch. youre compressing a 30+ pound spring so dont poop yourself.
It takes 43 muscles to frown, 17 to smile, and 3 for proper trigger squeeze.
The latest caliber or gear is no substitute for experience and skill. Rifles and cartridges don't make hits -- shooters do.
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