Remington 700 Bolt Removal and Disassembly

This instructional presentation is designed to help owners of Remington 700 firearms learn how to remove the bolt from the rifles. At the end of this lesson the audience should be able to easily remove the bolt from their rifles in order to perform routine cleaning and maintenance for their Remington rifle. The audience will also learn how to disassemble the bolt and where the disassembly should stop. Bolt removal and disassembly is in important part of making sure the rifle functions and fires properly and will also ensure the weapon continues to work properly for as long as the owner owns it.


1. Approximately sixteen inches of bootlace, para chord, or a similar piece of cordage that is thin and strong.

2. A dime, penny, or thin metal washer.

3. Drop cloth to avoid getting any oil or gunpowder residue on the working surface.

4. A well-lit work space with a stable platform to work on.

WARNING! When performing this maintenance always make sure the weapon is unloaded and there is no ammunition in the chamber. Disassembly steps should be followed as prescribed in this method to avoid damaging or losing critical parts of the weapon.

Step 2: SAFETY

1. Safety when handling firearms is extraordinarily important. That being said the first step in the disassembly process is to ensure the weapon is on safe and cleared of any ammunition.

a. First place the weapon on safe if it is not already on safe, ensuring it is pointed in a safe direction to avoid injuring anyone.

b. Next, while continuing to keep the muzzle pointed in the safest direction pull back on the bolt handle turn the weapon so you can get a clear view of the bolt face and chamber. Make sure if the weapon has a magazine, the magazine is removed.

c. Remember firearms are extremely dangerous and the responsibility for their safe and responsible use falls on the owner. Tragic accidents as a result of irresponsible and the careless handling of firearms can be avoided by constantly practicing basic safety procedures.

Step 3: Disassembling the Bolt Step 1

Place the weapon on a flat, stable surface. Hold the weapon to prevent it from sliding or moving while removing the bolt. Grasp the bolt handle rotate it up so it up until it stops. Slide the bolt back until it is stopped by the bolt stop when the bolt is stopped by the bolt stop press the bolt stop release button located inside the trigger well and directly in front of the trigger. Be careful not to confuse the bolt stop release button with the floor-plate latch. Depressing the floor-plate latch will drop the floor-plate and floor-plate spring. Press the bolt stop release and release the bolt from the rifle. The video attached to this step demonstrates this step in action.

Step 4: Disassembling the Bolt Step 2

Take your piece of cord and tie it to something heavy or anchored firmly to a strong and stable platform. Make sure your cord has been tied in a loop and the knot attaching the cord to something and the knot tying the cord in a loop are good and strong. * Ensure the knot and the object the cord is tied to are extremely stable. The firing pin spring in the bolt has a lot of tension and the bolt could slip out of your hand causing it to fall and become damaged.

Step 5: Disassembling the Bolt Step 3

Grasp the bolt firmly in your hand wrap the loop of your cord around the ridges on the firing pin and pull the bolt until the firing pin lifts out of the bolt. Once the firing pin has been pulled out of the bolt slide your piece of change into the slot on the top of the firing pin.

Step 6: Disassembling the Bolt Step 4

Now that your firing pin has been secured in the up position unlocking it from the bolt, twist the head of the firing pin counterclockwise or the bolt itself clockwise which will separate the firing pin and bolt . Once the firing pin and its associated components have has been completely removed from your bolt this will conclude your disassembly.

Step 7: Disassembling the Bolt Step Conclusion

Further disassembly of the firing pin and its associated components is not necessary and could result in damaged or lost firing pin components if conducted incorrectly. As a result further disassembly should not be conducted unless there is a large amount of corrosion causing the firing pin not to function properly or a part of the firing pin is damaged and needs to be replaced.



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    Great tutorial. I am a firm believer that in order to properly maintenance a fire arm, you need to know every part of it inside and out.