Re: Mini 14 question
The Mini-14 has a rotating bolt that locks the bolt lugs into the receiver when the bolt is fully closed. This has occurred on my Mini on occasions, but is no big deal. If the gun hasn't been lubricated recently, it's a tight fit and it's a little tough to get the bolt to open. Proper lubrication of the bolt is key in avoiding this situation.
If you think there's a bullet loaded in the chamber, remove any magazine installed, make sure that the safety is on (fully back into the trigger guard) and be sure to keep it pointed away from yourself and everyone else. Then Spray some WD-40, Break-Free or Liquid Wrench lubricant on the end of the bolt nearest the barrel and let it sit and soak-in for about an hour.
Now with your left hand down on the bolt handle open palm and your right hand on the stock in the normal position (but not touching the trigger) bring the rifle butt down abruptly on a solid surface allowing your left hand to push back on the bolt as it impacts. That should pop the bolt open for you.
I have a rubber butt pad on my rifle stock so bringing it down on a hard surface won't hurt it, you might consider protecting the butt plate if the rifle you're working with doesn't have a pad on it.
Fear is a reaction..........Courage is a decision
Last edited by Snakedriver; 08-12-2009 at 09:59 AM..