Re: Remington 581 firing pin
I am looking at the bolt of a 591, a slightly modified 581. The fireing pin is held in by a pin at the end of the bolt 3/8" from the face of the bolt on the left hand side. It would apear without taking it apart, the slot cut in the pin would stop the pin from missing the rim by high striking it....I would think. Can you move the firing pin in the slot in the top of the bolt? I use my finger nail and mine moves rather freely, no retraction spring. How do you know it is missing the rim vrs. not hitting it at all? Does it leave any marks on the case? Did you replace with a Remington firing pin? What happened to the original pin, and why did you replace it? I know it seems like a lot of questions....But if you want to fix it, we gotta know. These were nice little rifles for the price back in the day. Definately worth fixing. Hope I can help, Kirk
PS. after some checking I have discovered the firing pin on your 581 is held by the C clip spring that also retains your extractors. There is a relief cut on the top edge of your pin to make room for the clip. Check the front edge of this relief cut to see if the pin is striking it there. It could be stopping the pin from movement if it binds with the C clip in any way.
Last edited by 300 H&H; 08-23-2009 at 10:07 PM..