2 years ago #1
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i have a 30-06 browning a bolt and im having problems with it when im triyin to load it the bolt gets really hard to pull it down but when it does get down and i fire the brass gets stock on the chamber and its really hard to get it out so if any body know whats wrong with it i will really a presiate it. cause i love rifle and dont want to let it go. thank you

2 years ago #2

I might have the same gun,mine has a Weatherby type bolt action -3lug,anyway when I first bought it ,It missfired at a great buck antelope,it missfired like 5 times,I took it back to shop where I purchaseds it ,they test it and found I was using Remington ammo, and it proved to be the issue I have fired a couple hundred rounds since using Federal or Winchester with no missfires,check the ammo your trying to put in,or even if the cartridge is dirty it could cause a bind,the headspace is very critical set also.I have had great luck with Winchester silver tips,these really hit hard.

2 years ago #3

You should cease using your rifle immediately until it is examined at by a qualified gunsmith.

You do not say if you are using hand-loads it could be head-space problems. If you are, the problems you are experiencing are signs of potential danger.

If you acquired the rifle used, there could be other potentially dangerous problems that a gunsmith could possibly identify.

It is rare for a factory load to cause such a problem, but quite possible.

Bottom line is, stop shooting this rifle and have it checked.

2 years ago #4


I failed to mention that if you are using hand-loaded ammunition or re-manufactured ammo, it is quit probable that these loads are way too hot. I.e.; they are loaded with too much powder for your particular rifle.

When it comes to hand loads, what may work good in one rifle, does not mean it is safe in another.

Sticking case extraction or bulged cases are a sure sign of a load too hot, when it come to hand-loaded ammo.

As far as the round going into the chamber with difficulty, it may be that the bullet is seated out too far from the brass case.

A bullet seated too far out can lead to sticky case extraction. This happens and can cause an over-pressure build up, since the bullet needs that tiny amount of free space between it and coming into contact with the barrel rifling when ignited.

If it is one of these problems, it can be a deadly situation to the shooter.

There is one other explanation as far the difficulty you are experiencing when loading a round into the chamber. It may be that the cases were not trimmed to proper length. Again, if your ammunition is re-manufactured or hand loaded ammo, it may explain the problem. Fired cases from must be checked for proper length and trimmed at the neck, prior to re-loading.

If you are NOT using using hand-loaded or re-manufactured ammunition that I have mentioned, it may indeed be your rifle.

In any case, at this point you should have your rifle checked by a qualified gunsmith. If you are using factory ammunition

Be careful my friend and stay safe

2 years ago #5

Sounds like an ammo problem,don't ever fire a gun if the bolt goes down hard,you are asking for trouble,get your gun and ammo checked out by someone who knows their stuff.At this point you don't have a problem,if you keep shooting this gun as it is and you could destroy a good gun and hurt yourself bad. good luck Dennis

1 year ago #6
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STOP!!!IMMEDIATELY!! DO NOT FIRE THIS RIFLE!! You have an obvious head spacing issue. This is a recipe for disaster. It will blow up and kill or maim you or someone else. You are either attempting to load the wrong cartidge, or using reloaded rounds that are not assembled properly. First off, take the rifle to a local gunsmith and have the head space checked. If it checks out in specs, cast a critical eye on the ammo. Meaning, make darned sure that you are holding a rifle actually chambered in 30/06 and not another round...ie....270 Winchester, 280 Remington. If everything checks out, your problem is with reloaded ammo. Revise your loading parameters and check OAL of the cartridges with the appropriate guage. OAL = Over All Length. If none of these solve the problem, get back to me and we will delve deeper into the issue. But, do not...I say again...do not...attempt to chamber a round in, or fire this weapon, until the issue has been addressed and solved.

9 months ago #7

Are you using the proper ammunition. I had the same problem years ago while using older, military grade ammunition.

3 months ago #8

I have the same rifle and found the throat is further forward than it should be and if i reload once fired shells to reloading manual stated size the brass cracks at the base because there is to much room to the shoulder causing head spacing issues. so i had to get a gauge to measure the shoulder length and when resizing the brass i can not push the shoulder back to much. it is ok with factory ammo but you can see a line on the brass sometimes as it has stretched even the new factory ammo to far. I am in the process of contacting browning to find out if there is a recall on these rifles

3 months ago #9
Long John Silver

Are you using Winchester silver bullets? I had shells stick so tightly in the chamber of my BLR that the shell pulled off, leaving the slug in the barrel. Even after a thorough cleaning, I could not get another round seated in the chamber. I had the gun sent back to Browning where they discovered that a small portion of the brass from the shell separated from the case and lodged in the chamber. (I have noticed the Winchester brass is a little longer than Federal brass.) I had fired less than a box of shells. JB

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