L57 Question

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  1. Texal

    Texal Member

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    Just bought an L57 in .308. Barrel is not a Sako barrel. Gunsmith checked headspace and it is fine.

    When lifting up the bolt handle - no shell in chamber- bolt handle seems to be harder to lift than it should. Once up bolt moves back and forth very easily in receiver. Also the safety does not seem to work. You cannot move it rearward.

    Gunsmith took the bolt apart and visually inspected parts. Nothing obvious wrong.

    Any ideas on why the bolt handle is hard to lift and safety does not work?

     

  2. scottbitterman

    scottbitterman Well-Known Member

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    test the trigger pull one thought on the safety is is the trigger pull has been lightened to much and the sheer has locked up i do not know if this will create the bolt issue or not
     
  3. paulsonconstruction

    paulsonconstruction Sako-addicted

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    The safety on the L57 blocks the firing pin and has no interaction with nor does it block the trigger. They can (along with the L46 safety) be difficult to move from off to on as the lever must overcome the firing pin spring pressure, especially if dirty or gunked up. Try cleaning the safety mechanism & lubricating it. There is a notch in the firing pin that the safety lever engages. Dismantle the bolt & turn the firing pin 180 degrees. This may change the tolerances slightly & allow the safety lever to engage the notch easier. Worked for me on an L469 that did the same thing as yours. It is still hard to move, but it now works. If all else fails, a little judicious filing of the notch will allow the safety lever to engage as it should. As always, if you don't have a good understanding of how this mechanism works nor the proper tools, it is best to have a competent gunsmith do the work. Bolt lift is dependent on the firing pin spring. If you have a little stronger spring than another rifle it will seem harder to lift, which is what cocks the firing pin.
     
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    stonecreek SCC Secretary Forum Owner SCC Board Member

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