Guess I’m out of luck since parts are not available. Maybe sell barrels and only buy barrels with two piece bolts. Thanks for the replies.There is definately something wrong with the OP’s frame/barrels. Is he certain his is the Easy Open frame? Split bolts will help, as will a new dumbell roller. Check the roller drive surfaces on the trigger guard to see if they are excessively worn or damaged. Lube isn’t needed, nor recommended.
Do the barrels have aftermarket springs? Some folks replace theirs with stronger springs for better “accuracy” but mostly they just increase opening force.
Thanks, I’ll give it a try.Granted it is aggravating, if you buy new barrels with two piece bolts, you can swap them out when needed to you old barrels.
There is a polishing technique that will improve the opening on the old bolts, seems like it is posted on GBO somewhere.
I would at least call TC myself and tell them your problem and see what they have to say about it. You never know who you might get on the phone. The bolts that come on the new barrels do fit the old barrels and they do still make them.
I started with a old non-easy open contender with a 35 remington barrel. Bought a 7-30 waters barrel and it was a challenge at times to open. For fun, I took the bolts from the 35 barrel and put on the 7-30 and low and behold, it was easier to open. I have not had any issues with any of my easy open frames though.
Why would you say that? Parts are available from third parties and T/C, no need to give up....Guess I’m out of luck since parts are not available. Maybe sell barrels and only buy barrels with two piece bolts....
Can you do this on the barrel or take them out ? How much to take off or just polish?Use a stone, such as one for sharpening knives, finer the better.
Do not use a file!
You can't put the metal back!
Take your time.
Check your progress on multiple occasions by reassembly and response of the action.
Old Bellm Trick from his archives
ThanksProcess can be attempted while locking lug is in place, but access to the necessary planes of bolt are more readily available if removed.
Proper size drive punch will easily remove 'c' pin.
I've dressed many a bolt and repeated reinstall to assure proper fit is needed.
When you find a bolt that has been filed, you will detect a loose fit on lockup to frame, no longer usable locking lug.
Strongest recommendation is use a stone to polish lug's face (top).
patience and luck be with you