I took my 1971 Browning Automatic Rifle .30-06 apart to clean the gas cyclinder and gas piston.
With the action bars and springs removed, I noticed that when opening the bolt, it moves freely for about 1/3 of the way and then there is a slight resistant for the next 2/3 of the way toward the butt.
Is this normal? I expected the bolt to move freely the entire range. It does not take much resistance to pull the bolt the final 2/3 of the way, but it definitely sticks at the 1/3 mark.
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