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Using the Firearm

Overview

Read detailed instructions about loading, unloading, and other operation of your Bolt Action Rimfire Rifle.

 

General Operation

The XT series firearms are capable of firing multiple shots after each pull of the trigger and cycle of the bolt.  At the start of the firing cycle, after the trigger has been pulled and a cartridge has been discharged, the action is unlocked and the firing pin is cocked by rotating the bolt handle upward.  As the bolt moves rearward, the spent cartridge case is pulled from the chamber.  When the spent cartridge clears the chamber the cartridge is expelled from the firearm through the ejection port.  As the bolt moves forward a new cartridge is stripped from the magazine and is placed into the chamber.  The cycle is completed by rotating the bolt fully downward, locking the bolt and cartridge into the firing position. 

Important Parts of the Firearm

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Picture 1 This picture shows the main parts of a Marlin Bolt Action Rimfire Rifle.  The picture will aid in understanding the instructions.

Serial Number and Cartridge Designation:

The serial number is located on the shooter's left side of the receiver.  See Picture 2.

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Specifications for the correct cartridges intended for use in your firearm are located on the shooter's left side of the barrel. See Picture 3.

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WARNING! Only use the specified cartridge type and caliber of ammunition specified for your firearm as designated on the barrel.  See "To Load Your Firearm".

The Safety Mechanism

The manual safety mechanism of your bolt action firearm provides protection against accidental or unintentional discharge under normal usage when properly engaged and in good working order.  This safety mechanism is not a substitute for following the rules of safe firearm handling.  The safety mechanism blocks the trigger, preventing the trigger from being pulled when fully engaged in the "SAFE' position. 

The safety mechanism is located on the shooters right towards the rear of the receiver, behind the bolt handle.  To engage the safety mechanism, pull the safety lever fully rearward toward the "SAFE" position, until the safety arm stops.  See Picture 4.

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Always engage the safety mechanism by moving the safety lever fully rearward before handling, loading or unloading the firearm.

NOTE: The bolt must be in the cocked position to activate the Safety Mechanism.  To cock the bolt, lift the bolt handle.

 

When you are ready to discharge the firearm, disengage the Safety Mechanism by pushing the safety arm forward to the "FIRE" position.  You have now disengaged the Safety Mechanism and the firearm is ready to FIRE.  See Picture 5.

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Do not touch the trigger while moving the safety mechanism. Your fingers and all other objects should be kept outside of the trigger guard and away from the trigger until you are actually ready to FIRE.

Never attempt to pull the trigger when the Safety Mechanism is activated in the "SAFE" position.

WARNING!  The firearm will discharge when the trigger is pulled and the safety mechanism is disengaged or in the "FIRE" position.

Even when the safety is engaged in the "SAFE" position, careless handling can cause the firearm to discharge.  See the "Ten Commandments of Firearm Safety".

The Cocked Indicator

The cocked indicator is a "red" ring on the neck of the striker knob located near the rear of the bolt.  (See Picture 5). When the "red" ring is visible from the side (Striker Knob is extended), the bolt assembly is cocked and the firearm is ready to be discharged. 

WARNING! The firearm will discharge when the bolt is cocked (Cocked Indicator is visible), the safety mechanism is disengaged or in the "FIRE"  position, and the trigger is pulled.

Additional Features:

Besides the manual safety mechanism and the trigger release, the XT-Series Bolt Action Rimfire Rifles incorporate passive features providing additional protection against accidental or unintentional discharge under normal usage and in good working order.  These passive features such as the inertia firing pin system, steel alloys and/or their metallurgical treatments, the sear, and trigger engagements, the breech lock-up system, head space, and the trigger guard all work without direct input from the user as long as your firearm is kept clean and in good working order. 

WARNING! Do not alter, modify, bypass, or render these safety features inoperative. 

The Locking Device:

This firearm was originally sold with a key-operated locking device to assist the owner in protecting against unauthorized use.  These are storage locking devices, which should be used when the firearm is stored or not in use.  Always store a firearm completely unloaded.

These locking devices DO NOT eliminate the need for safe firearm handling and storage, including keeping this and every firearm unloaded and locked in a secure place when not in use.  Read and follow these and other safety rules in this instruction manual.  Failure to read, understand, and obey these rules can result in serious personal injury or death.  See the "Ten Commandments of Firearm Safety".

Keep your locking device engaged when your firearm is not in use.  Keep the keys in a secure place, inaccessible to others.  DO NOT leave your keys or any ammunition with your firearm, which should be kept unloaded and locked in a safe place. 

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To secure your firearm with an external locking device, See instructions provided in packaging.

The Bolt Assembly:

The bolt assembly locks the cartridge into the chamber, containing the discharged pressure of the ammunition within the chamber.  The bolt assembly is a two piece system (front and rear), manufactured specifically for your firearm to maintain proper headspace (distance between cartridge and the bolt face).  The bolt assemblies are not interchangeable between rifles. To help ensure the bolt assembly and receivers stay paired up, the bolt assembly will be marked with the last three digits of the receiver's serial number.  For your safety, keep your bolt assembly paired-up with its respective receiver. Ensure the last three (3) digits of the serial number match the numbers stamped on the bolt.  See Picture 7.

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WARNING! Only use the original bolt within your firearm.  Do Not attempt to insert or use a bolt on any firearm which was not purchased with the firearm . Damage to the firearm, serious personal injury, and /or death may result from an improperly matched bolt and receiver combination.

To Install the Bolt Assembly:

  • Always keep the firearm pointed in a safe direction.
  • Engage the safety mechanism by moving the safety arm fully rearward to the "SAFE" position.
  • Look into the ejection port, visually check the chamber and magazine to make sure the firearm is completely unloaded.
  • If the firearm is not unloaded see, "To Unload the Firearm".
  • Before inserting the bolt assembly into the receiver, ensure the two halves of the bolt, are aligned properly.  To align the bolt assembly, hold the bolt handle stationary while turning the front half until the "W" cut is on the bottom of the bolt, as shown in Picture 7.
  • The striker cam pin has to be in the cocked position before the bolt can be inserted into the receiver.  If the striker cam pin is NOT in the cocked position (as shown in Picture 8), cock the assembly by holding the handle stationary with one hand while turning the striker knob clockwise until the striker cam pin is resting in the cocked notch.  See Picture 8axt pic 8.PNG

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  • Place the Safety Mechanism in the "FIRE" position by moving the safety arm forward.
  • Align the bolt guiding tab with the receiver slot.  See Picture 9.

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  • Once the bolt is aligned with the receiver, slide the bolt assembly fully forward into the receiver while holding the trigger fully rearward.  See Picture 9a.

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  • Release the trigger.
  • Once the bolt is fully installed in the receiver, place the Safety Mechanism in the "SAFE" position by moving the safety arm fully rearward.

WARNING! When the bolt assembly is in the closed position and the safety mechanism is in the "FIRE"  position, the firearm can be discharged by pulling the trigger. 

To Remove the Bolt Assembly:

  1. Always keep the firearm pointed in a safe direction.
  2. Engage the safety mechanism by moving the safety arm fully rearward to the "SAFE" position.
  3. Keep fingers and other objects away from the trigger.
  4. Open the action by raising the bolt handle.
  5. Pull the bolt fully rearward.
  6. Look into the ejection port, visually check the chamber and magazine to make sure the firearm is completely unloaded.
  7. If the firearm is not unloaded, see "To Unload the Firearm".
  8. With the firearm completely unloaded, place the Safety Mechanism in the "FIRE" position by moving the safety arm forward.
  9. Remove the bolt assembly from the receiver by pulling and holding the trigger fully rearward thn pull the bolt rearward, sliding the bolt assembly from the receiver.

The Trigger Assembly

Pulling the trigger DISCHARGES the firearm.

The XT-series bolt action rifles are equipped with Marlin's custom designed Pro-FireTM adjustable trigger assembly.  The Pro-FireTM trigger assembly is a single action system which has been set at the Marlin factory for optimal trigger pull weight.  The factory settings provide a crisp, clean trigger pull (3 pounds+) for superior out-of-the-box accuracy for hunters, plinkers, and general target shooting.  Rifles with trigger pull weight settings lower than the factory setting are considered "Target" firearms, used only for precision competitions shooting, under firing range or bench firing conditions.  The XT-series rifles trigger pull weight can be adjusted within certain limits.  With safety as our primary concern, the Pro-FireTM design requires the user to place their finger squarely over the trigger release (see Picture 10).  Pulling the trigger from the side or not directly rearward, may not disengage the trigger release.  Which will keep the trigger from starting the firing sequence. All repairs to the trigger assembly must be made by the factory or a Marlin Authorized Repair Center.

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WARNING! Never place your finger on the trigger unless you are ready to discharge or fire the firearm.

WARNING! Never manipulate, adjust or change any of the internal components of your firearm unless specifically directed to do so in this instructional manual.  Improper manipulation of any internal component may effect the safety and reliability of your firearm adn my cause serious injury or death.

For trigger pull adjustment, see "Trigger Pull Weight Adjustment".

The Barrel

WARNING!  The inside of the barrel must be clean and free of any obstructions.  See "Ten Commandments of Firearm Safety".

To Check the Barrel for Obstructions:

  1. Always keep the firearm pointed in a safe direction.
  2. Engage the safety mechanism by moving the safety arm fully rearward to the "SAFE" position.
  3. Open the action by raising the bolt handle.
  4. Pull the bolt fully rearward.
  5. Look into the ejection port, visually check the chamber, loading port, and magazine to make sure the firearm is completely unloaded.  If the firearm is not unloaded, see "To Unload the Firearm".
  6. With firearm completely unloaded, place the safety mechanism in the "Fire" position.
  7. Remove the bolt assembly from the receiver by pulling and holding the trigger fully rearward, then pull the bolt rearward, sliding the bolt assembly fromthe receiver.
  8. To check for an obstruction look through the receiver and barrel from the chamber end.

To Remove a Bore Obstruction:

WARNING! Never try to remove an object from the barrel by loading another cartridge and firing.  This may cause serious personal injury or death.

  1. Always keep the firearm pointed in a safe direction.
  2. From the chamber end of the barrel, insert a correct size cleaning rod until the obstruction is detected.
  3. Lightly tap the cleaning rod against the obstruction to free the object fom the barrel.
  4. Push the rod completely through barrel until the rod can be seen at the muzzle.
  5. If an object cannot be easily pushed out of the barrel with a cleaning rod, return the firearm to the factory or to a Marlin Authorized Repair Center.

NOTE: To clean the barrel follow instructions shown on "To Clean the Barrel".

WARNING! Before loading the firearm, make sure the inside of the barrel is free of dirt, oil, or other obstructions.

To Load the Firearm:

WARNING!  The XT-series rimfire bolt action firearms are manufactured in different rimfire calibers such as: .22 Long Rifle (LR), .22 Winchester Magnum Rimfire (WMR), and .17 Hornady Magnum Rimfire (HMR). The specific caliber of rimfire ammunition suitable for use in your firearm is marked on the barrel of your firearm.  Only use the specific caliber of rimfire ammunition which is designated on the barrel of your firearm.  Different calibers of rimfire ammunition are not interchangeable.  Do not use any ammunition other than what is designated for your firearm.  Using incorrect ammunition in your firearm can result in a severe malfunction of your firearm and/or ammunition leading to personal injury or death.  See the "Ten Commandments of Firearm Safety".

Ammunition:

Always check the cartridge for the correct designation before loading the firearm.  If the caliber is not marked on the cartridge refer to the ammunition packaging.  To find additional ammunition information, see the Remington Arms catalog or visit the Remington website at www.remington.com.

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WARNING! Do not apply oil, grease or any lubricants to cartridges.

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WARNING! Always wash hands after handling ammunition.  See the "Ten Commandments of Firearm Safety".

To Fully Load the Firearm:

WARNING!  Always check the cartridge for the correct designation before loading the firearm.

Caution: The bore should be cleaned before loading the firearm the first time.  Follow the cleaning instructions shown on "To Clean the Barrel".

  • Always keep the firearm pointed in a safe direction.
  • Engage the safety mechanism by moving the safety arm fully rearward to the "SAFE" position.
  • Open the action by raising the bolt handle, then pulling the bolt fully rearward.
  • Look into the ejection port, visually check the chamber and magazine to make sure the firearm is completely unloaded.  If the chamber is not empty, see "To Unload the Firearm".
  • Make sure the barrel is free of obstructions, see "To Check the Barrel for Obstructions".

I. To Load the Chamber:

  • With an empty magazine or for a single shot, place one cartridge of the correct caliber through the ejection port onto the feed ramp with the bullet pointed toward the muzzle.  See Picture 11.

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  • Slide the bolt assembly fully forward, pushing the cartridge into the chamber.
  • Once the cartridge is chambered, rotate the bolt handle fully downward, locking the cartridge in the chamber.

WARNING! The firearm is now loaded with a cartridge in the chamber.

Removing the detachable magazine from the firearm does NOT prevent the firearm from being discharged.  If a cartridge is in the chamber and the safety mechanism is in the "FIRE" position, the cartridge in the chamber can be discharged by pulling the trigger.

II. To Load a Detachable Magazine:

WARNING! Always check the cartridge for the correct designation before loading the firearm.

  • Remove the detachable magazine from the firearm by pressing the magazine release then pulling the magazine box from the magazine well.  See Picture 12.

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  • Push up to four (4) or seven (7) cartridges, depending on the magazine , of the correct type and caliber, one at a time, sliding the cartridge under the magazine retaining lips until the cartridge head is against the rear wall of the magazine.  Keep the cartridge bullet pointing toward the chamber.  See Picture 13.

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  • Push the full magazine box into the magazine well of the firearm.  Make sure the magazine box is fully and securely latched into position.

Both the chamber and magazine are now fully loaded!

WARNING The firearm is now cocked and fully loaded.  Make sure the safety mechanism is still engaged in the "SAFE" position.  Always keep the firearm pointed in a safe direction.

III. To Load a Tubular Magazine:

WARNING! Always keep hands and other objects away from the muzzle.

  • Always keep the firearm pointed in a safe direction.
  • Engage the safety mechanism by moving the safety arm fully rearward to the "SAFE" position.
  • Open the action by raising the bolt handle, then pulling the bolt fully rearward.
  • Look into the ejection port, visually check the chamber and the feed ramp to ensure the firearm is completely unloaded.  If the chamber is not unloaded, see "To Unload the Firearm".
  • Make sure the barrel is free of obstructions, see "To Check the Barrel for Obstructions".
  • Rotate the firearm until the tubular loading port is visible.
  • Unlock the inner magazine tube by turning the knurled locking plug counterclockwise. See Picture 14.

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  • Pull the magazine inner tube forward until the loading port is open.  See Picture 15.

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  • Insert the cartridges, one at a time, aligning the bullet toward the muzzle.  The magazine is full when cartridges are visible at the loading port.  See the follwoing chart for Tubular Magazine capacities:

WARNING! Only use the specific caliber of rimfire ammunition which is designated on the barrel of your firearm. 

NOTE:

Cartridge Capacity
.22 Short 25
.22 Long 19
.22 Long Rifle 17
.22 WMR 12
  • To secure the cartridges in the magazine, slide the inner tube in the magazine tube until the knurled locking plug (knob) is resting on the top of the magazine.  Do not force the inner tube down.
  • Turn the knurled locking plug clockwise to lock the inner tube in the magazine.  See Picture 15a.

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WARNING! Ensure the inner magazine tube is locked into position.  Functioning problems may occur if the inner magazine tube is not locked into position.

IV. To Load the Chamber from the Magazine:

  1. Always keep the firearm pointed in a safe direction.
  2. Engage the safety mechanism by moving the safety arm fully rearward to the "SAFE" position. 
  3. Open the action by raising the bolt handle, then pulling the bolt fully rearward.
  4. Look into the ejection port, visually check the chamber and the magazine to make sure the firearm is completely unloaded.  If the chamber is not unloaded, see "To Unload the Firearm".
  5. Make sure the barrel is free of obstructions, see "To Check the Barrel for Obstructions".

To Load from a Detachable Magazine:

a. Push a full Magazine box (see "To Load a Detachable Magazine") into the magazine well of the firearm.

b. Make sure the magazine box is fully and securely latched into position.

            To Load from a Tubular Magazine:

a.To load a Tubular magazine, see "To Load a Tubular Magazine"

b. Ensure the inner magazine tube is locked and is secure.

    6. Slowly slide the bolt assembly forward stripping one cartridge from the magazine.

    7. Once the bolt is fully forward, rotate the bolt handle down, locking the cartridge in the chamber.

WARNING! The firearm is now cocked and loaded.  Make sure the safety mechanism is still engaged in the "SAFE" position.  Always keep the firearm pointed in a safe direction.

To Discharge the Firearm:

WARNING! Always wear eye and hearing protection when discharging your firearm.  See "The Ten Commandments of Firearm Safety".

  • Point the muzzle at your intended target.
  • Disengage the safety mechanism by moving the safety lever to the "FIRE" position.
  • With the target acquired and the butt of the firearm mounted firmly against your shoulder, pull the trigger.  The firearm will discharge each time the trigger is pulled and the action is cycled until the magazine and chamber are empty.

WARNING! If a cartridge does not discharge when the trigger is pulled (misfire), keep the firearm pointed in a safe direction and wait one minute before opening the bolt.  See "To Unload the Firearm".

WARNING!  If the "report" of the shot is noticeably softer or louder or any way irregular, keep the firearm pointed in a safe direction; unload the firearm and check for bore obstructions.  See "To Remove a Barrel Obstruction".

  • Engage the Safety mechanism by moving the safety lever rearward to the "SAFE" position.
  • Open the action by raising the bolt handle, then pulling the bolt fully rearward.
  • Look into the ejection port, visually check the chamber and magazine making sure the firearm is completely unloaded.

To Unload the Firearm:

WARNING! NEVER assume your firearm is unloaded to justify careless handling.  Always control the direction of the muzzle of your firearm, even if you think it is completely unloaded.

I. To Remove a Detachable Magazine:

  • Always keep the firearm pointed in a safe direction.
  • Engage the safety mechanism by moving the safety arm fully rearward to the "SAFE" position.
  • Remove the magazine from the firearm by pressing the magazine latch then pulling the magazine box from the magazine well.  See Picture 12.

WARNING! This firearm does NOT incorporate a magazine disconnect.  The firearm is capable of discharging a chambered cartridge with the magazine removed!

  • Open the bolt by raising the bolt handle, then pull the bolt fully rearward until the cartridge clears the chamber.
  • Lift the cartridge outward and remove from the receiver through the ejection port.
  • With the bolt open, visually check the chamber to make sure the firearm is completely unloaded and free of obstructions.

I. To Unload a Detachable Magazine:

  • While holding the magazine separate and apart from the firearm, slide the top cartridge forward and out of the magazine.  Repeat until the magazine is completely empty.  See Picture 16.

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WARNING! Cartridges in the magazine are under spring compression.  Wear eye protection to avoid possible serious personal injury.

II. To Unload a Tubular Magazine:

  • Always keep the firearm pointed in a safe direction.
  • Engage the safety mechanism by moving the safety arm fully rearward to the "SAFE" position.
  • Rotate the firearm until the tubular loading port is visible.
  • Unlock the inner magazine tube by turning the knurled locking plug counterclockwise.  See Picture 15a.
  • Pull the magazine inner tube forward, and remove from the magazine.
  • Tilt the firearm down until the ammunition in the magazine slide out of the top of the magazine tube.
  • Unload the chamber by raising the bolt handle, then pull the bolt fully rearward until the cartridge clears the chamber.
  • Lift the cartridge outward and remove it from the receiver through the ejection port.
  • With the bolt open, visually check the chamber to make sure the firearm is completely unloaded and free of obstructions.

Sights:

WARNING! Before adjusting the sights or mounting any optic sights, make sure the firearm is completely unloaded and the safety mechanism is engaged by placing the safety in the "ON" or "SAFE" position.

Rear Sight Adjustment Rule:

To make a Point-On-Target (POT) adjustments, move the rear sight in the direction you wish the group to move on target.  For reference, see the Sight Adjustment Chart below, to adjust rear sights.

 

Position on Target (POT)

Sight Adjustment Chart

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POT is above the center

Sights with elevation screw:

a. Turn elevation screw counter clockwise.

Sights with elevation blade:

a. Move elevation blade lower.

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POT is below the center

Sights with elevation screw:

a. Turn elevation screw clockwise.

Sights with elevation blade:

a. Move elevation blade to higher notch.

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POT is to the left

Sights with Windage screw:

a. Loosen the windage screw.

b. Slide the sight leaf to the right.

c. Tighten the windage screw.

Windage Dovetail Adj.:

a. Tap sight base to the right.

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POT is to the right

Sights with Windage screw:

a. Loosen the windage screw.

b. Slide the sight leaf to the left.

c. Tighten the windage screw.

Windage Dovetail Adj.:

a. Tap sight base to the left.

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Receiver Mounted Optics:

The XT-series rifles incorporate a grooved receiver designed to handle tip-off-type optic bases. The top of the XT-Series receivers are drilled and tapped for an optic sight mount (not provided).  For optic mounting and adjustment see the instructions provided with your optic sight system. 

NOTE: For ballistics and trajectory information, see the Remington catalog or visit the Remington website at www.remington.com.

Trigger Pull Weight Adjustment:

WARNING! Changes from factory trigger settings can create a hazardous condition in the rifle causing an accidental discharge resulting in serious personal injury or death.

Trigger adjustments may be made ONLY in the following circumstances:

I. Competitive Target Shooters:

(1) The Pro-Fire trigger assembly of the XT-series bolt action rifles should only be adjusted for use by experienced and responsible shooters in a controlled target shooting environment where the rifle is never loaded with a live round of ammunition except when it is in the ready-to-fire position with the muzzle pointed safely down range.

(2) If a cartridge is loaded into the chamber and then not discharged, it should be immediately removed (unloaded) from the rifle. NEVER move the rifle away from the down range position without first unloading (removing) the cartridge from the chamber.

WARNING! NEVER carry an adjusted rifle with a live cartridge in the chamber.  Trigger pull on rifles used for hunting or for noncompetitive target shooting must never be adjusted.

II. Firearm Sale or Transfer:

If your rifle's trigger pull weight has been adjusted and you intend to sell or otherwise transfer possession of your rifle, you must:

(1) warn the purchaser or recipient of your rifle that its trigger assembly has been adjusted, and

(2) give the purchaser or recipient the Owner's Manual for review and reference.

To Adjust Trigger Pull:

  • Always keep the firearm pointed in a safe direction.
  • Engage the safety mechanism by moving the safety arm fully rearward to the "SAFE" position.
  • Open the action by raising the bolt handle.
  • Pull the bolt fully rearward.
  • Look into the ejection port, visually check the chamber and magazine to make sure the firearm is not unloaded, See "To Unload Firearm".
  • Remove the action from the stock. See "To Disassemble the Firearm for Cleaning".
  • Loosen th 3/8" retaining nut by turning it counterclockwise.  Do not remove.  See Picture 19.

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  • Insert a 3/32" hex key wrench into the trigger adjustment hole.  See Picture 20.

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  • To increase trigger pull weight, turn the hex key clockwise.

NOTE: The trigger weight can be increased until the trigger will not move or release the sear.

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