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Ruger 10/22 bolt release difficulty

Discussion in 'Rimfire Forum' started by Kwesi, Apr 16, 2013.

  1. Kwesi


    Sep 23, 2006
    Curious if there is any trick to releasing the bolt in a brand new, not yet fired TD model? The instructions state to pull the bolt all the way back while pressing in the bolt lock/release then releasing the bolt. Seems to take me 3-4 attempts to get her to fly forward. Is this normal? What am I doing wrong?
  2. VT_smokey


    Dec 21, 2011
    VA, NC, SC, or ND
    I don't have my 10/22 in front of me, but if I remember right, pull the bolt all the way back, hold the bolt release in, let the bolt slide forward, then let go of the bolt release.

    I know it took me a while to get used to the pattern and do it right consistently, but once you figure it out, it's not too tough.

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  3. Kwesi


    Sep 23, 2006
    Who makes the auto bolt release? How difficult to replace?
  4. JimM_PA


    Sep 26, 2001
  5. Batesmotel


    Apr 5, 2007
    The bolt release has a small V shaped notch cut in it. Sometimes there are burs on the notch. Remove the release and polish the sides with emery cloth to smooth the edges. This helps. Then mess with it until you get the "feel" of manipulating it correctly.

    Or buy a replacement.

    Or find the instructions on line and cut the V into a triangle. Be aware of the possible safety concerns with this modification. (or replacements)
  6. PhotoFeller


    Nov 18, 2010
    SW Florida
    Mine is tough to close, too. I understand it takes time to break in the bolt mechanism. Its just a new mechanical device that requires some time for the parts to wear in.
  7. lethal tupperwa

    lethal tupperwa

    Aug 20, 2002
    I have had mine for 45 years and never had a problem.

    Hold rifle in your left hand so that your left index finger reaches the bolt release.

    Retract the bolt and hold it back.

    Push and release the bolt release, it pops out.

    release the bolt, it closes.
  8. The bolt catch is spring loaded, each time you push and release, it changes the action.

    If the bolt is closed, pull it back and hold it, then push and release the catch once, then release the bolt. The bolt should be held to the rear.

    If the bolt is locked back, pull it all the way back and hold it. Push and release the bolt catch one time, then release the bolt. The bolt should close.

    Modifying the factory catch is quick and easy, or you can buy one already modified. Either way it eliminates the need to push the catch to release the bolt. If the bolt is closed, you simply have to pull the bolt all the way back and the catch will drop out of the way.
  9. Kwesi


    Sep 23, 2006
    I finally got the hang of it. I was was not pushing it up enough.
  10. DJ Niner

    DJ Niner Moderator

    Feb 13, 2001
    North-Central USA
    Glad you figured it out. That's pretty much what I was going to say; I always pressed in on the bottom edge of the lever (to lock back) or pressed in on the top edge of the lever (to release), to get positive/repeatable movement in both directions.

    I recently changed another one of my 10/22 carbines to an auto-release system, as I really liked the one that came with my Volquartsen TG2000 trigger housing group (installed on another 10/22); but I think I'll leave my takedown with the original. If I lock-back my takedown 10/22's bolt, I want it to STAY locked-back, even if it gets bumped when in the case or during reassembly.
    Last edited: Apr 17, 2013
  11. That's a great point! I have been considering putting in an auto-release on my 10/22 TD, but you are absolutely right about this potentially auto-releasing in the case.
  12. toshbar

    toshbar Timber Baron

    Oct 20, 2009
    Eastern NC
    3 minutes tops with a dremel and you can make yours auto release like every other firearm on the face of the earth.

  13. PBRLite


    Jan 29, 2009
    Like Toshbar said, it's an easy fix, and there's a few vids on youtube showing how to do it.

    I recently bought a 10/22 Take Down myself, and when I take it apart, I close the action before I put the two pieces in the bag. And yes, I have done the auto release mod.
  14. I did just that, and it cost me nothing!!!:cool:
  15. DJ Niner

    DJ Niner Moderator

    Feb 13, 2001
    North-Central USA
    Yeah, I considered getting into the habit of closing the bolt before casing, but I know me pretty well. Eventually, I'd forget to lock it back again before reassembly and I'd try to put the barrel back on with the bolt closed, which would probably mess-up the extractor. Plus, it helps me remember to do the factory-recommended "release-bolt-and-let-it-fly-forward-2-3-times" after reassembly to properly "seat" the barrel.
  16. This.

    Push and release, do not hold.

    That simple advice makes the 10/22 a breeze to use. Logic dictates that we want to hold the bolt release in while releasing the bolt. It doesn't.
  17. Kwesi


    Sep 23, 2006
    Murgatroy: you nailed it. It is a breeze now. Thanks!