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    Cleaning M1 Garand bolt

    Hey guys, the rifle I just bought, my first M1, is very dirty. I have field striped it and am starting to go through it being very meticulous. I have a question about the bolt and its internals. I have cleaned them thoroughly, now do I grease or CLP any of these parts? If so which? I have looked at several websites and they go into disassembly and reassembly of the bolt but not cleaning it or its internals. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.

    #2
    Definitely clean out the gunk from the inside of the bolt where the firing pin rides. I coat the firing pin with a very light coat of thin synthetic oil. It's more of a preservative. I found this info years ago.

    http://web.archive.org/web/200201020...ane/lubm1.html

    Lots of other good info here

    http://web.archive.org/web/200202020...e/csptips.html
    Last edited by jak; 02-13-2018, 08:59 PM.

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      #3
      ^^ Good advice. When I first got my Garand, I noticed the firing pin wasn't free floating. I had to physically push it to move it within the bolt. I took it apart and it was totally caked with gunk. Took some solvent and thoroughly cleaned the firing pin and inside the bolt. Worked like new after that.

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        #4
        Originally posted by jak View Post
        Definitely clean out the gunk from the inside of the bolt where the firing pin rides. I coat the firing pin with a very light coat of thin synthetic oil. It's more of a preservative. I found this info years ago.

        http://web.archive.org/web/200201020...ane/lubm1.html

        Lots of other good info here

        http://web.archive.org/web/200202020...e/csptips.html
        Thank you very much

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          #5
          Originally posted by zeppelin5000 View Post
          ^^ Good advice. When I first got my Garand, I noticed the firing pin wasn't free floating. I had to physically push it to move it within the bolt. I took it apart and it was totally caked with gunk. Took some solvent and thoroughly cleaned the firing pin and inside the bolt. Worked like new after that.
          Thank you, mine isn't moving either.

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            #6
            Originally posted by AZ Trooper View Post

            Thank you, mine isn't moving either.
            A good cleaning will get it ;-)

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              #7
              clean bolt well but go very easy if you decide to oil the pin. Wipe it on and wipe off, dont want it wet

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                #8
                Roland Beaver installed a small spring at the rear of the firing pin, had to modify the bolt too. I have seen this on one of his match rifles

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                  #9
                  The only place I put oil on my M1 bolts is the extractor and ejector springs. Grease on the locking lugs. Every thing else is dry. Been doing it that way for 40 years and never had problem one.
                  Jon

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                    #10
                    Thank you all for your advice. I just spent several hours cleaning my M1. It looks like it hasn’t been cleaned since 1965. But everything is nice and cleaned/CLP/lubed now.

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