Ruger RPR Magnum Stuck Bolt Problem — Solution

| October 15, 2023 | 0 Comments

Problem:

It seems Ruger (Ruger Precision Rifles) Of the Magnum version has taken the world by storm with many positive reviews. Unfortunately it seems after 100 or so rounds  many shooters have found their bolts locking up in some sort of way.  I found myself in this exact same situation but possibly even worst with the 300PRC bolt of which had an after market bolt shroud. The bolt was totally locked up in the receiver it required a little persuading with a rubber mallet. Once unlocked it was extremely difficult to get the bolt out of the receiver. Depressing the bolt release on the side of receiver with extreme force with a popsicle stick to keep from scratching the finish was the only way to get it out. Unfortunately this left me with the bolt not actually cocked therefore not being able to run the rifle or disassemble the bolt. Enough on the problem already.

The Solution:

I staired at this bolt for literally 2 weeks trying to figure out what was my next move. I really loved fancy aluminum bolt shroud but not knowing if this was actually the problem or not I wanted to go back to the original Ruger bolt shroud. I am going to attempt the best I can to describe how I got everything apart, because a Google search for me turned up no sort of fix.

Tools Needed:

Bench Vice, Large Flat Blade Screw Driver, Medium Size Flat Blade Screw Driver and a Allen Key of .27 size or greater. 

 

Place some form of none marring material in your vice jaws to prevent from scratching up your bolt. You want to insert your bolt with the shroud pointed to the sky and cocking mechanism facing you.

Turn the bolt shroud and cocking mechanism as far counter clock wise as it will go. Do not worry it is not cocked and the firing pin will protrude from the bottom side or face of the bolt, basically in the fired position. At this point you should be able to take the large flat blade screw driver between the back of the bolt itself and the cocking mechanism. By the way the cocking mechanism is the chrome piece in the opening of the bolt shroud. Turn the large flat blade screw driver forcing the cocking mechanism to the rear.  Now take your hex head/ allen wrench and insert it in the gap to keep the cocking mechanism forced to the rear. At this time you should be able see a gap between the cocking mechanism and spring retainer.

 

The small flat base screw driver will go in that gap you see in the picture above when it is fully cocked. While being very careful to keep the cocking mechanism to the rear which should be done by your allen head. Slowly rotate the shroud and cocking mechanism to the right until the shroud is free. 

I hope this truly helps someone!

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