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The bolt, when in the rear position, will not release when I push the release button. I have to give the bolt handle a little push, then it slides forward again. As a result of this problem, the gun is a single shot and will hardly ever cycle. Which part can I replace or repair to fix this. Springs seem plenty strong. Thanks for any feedback.
 

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Remington "The Sportsman" Model 1

The bolt shouldn't slide forward, it should slam forward. Check the bolt return spring in the action tube at the rear of the action.. Also be certain the link's installed correctly.. Could also be the locking block dog but that'd be unusual.. Could also just be gummy??
 

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It does slam forward. But no matter how hard I push on the release button, it want move on it's own, still have to give the handle a little shove, then it releases. It almost feels like the release is not fully working.
I can dissassemble, but these things are a pain in the @$$ to work on.
 

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They do have some quirks.. It's really hard to say but I'd bet on a thorough cleaning solving the problem. There are so many possibilities.. Take it to a good smith and get it checked.. If you can strip it, remove the trigger assembly and clean the inside of the receiver with carb cleaner. Pay particular attention to the spring and pivot of the bolt release. I have seen the carrier release jammed up by gunk(technical term) and not fully releasing. These are robust old shotguns and seldom give serious problems. A good smith should be able to help if the cleaning fails to correct the situation. A good cleaning is the best place to start!
 
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