First lemme say AWESOME SITE, just joined this afternoon and been reading non-stop for hours!
I apologize if I failed to find this via search but I did try! I have a cherry 1968 336RC 35rem that was handed down to me nearly 30 years ago by my grandfather. I killed once with it about 25yrs ago with it when I was 16 just to say I did, stuck it in the safe untouched and now here we are. I now hunt a logged swamp so when the weathers nice I pull it back out and desire "to take grandpa huntin with me again" (he passed in '93).
Last season I put a vx3 2.5x8x36 on it, sighted it with Hornady LEs and carried it quite a bit but my boys did the shooting with their 243s. This season my 16yr old wanted to shoot his great-grandfathers rifle during a juvie hunt in Oct. Sure enough a nice 2.5yr old 7pt stepped out 45yds away and my son put the crosshairs on it and squeezed the trigger... SNAP!!! The buck looked around while I second guessed myself (but KNEW I had put one in the pipe)
The buck took off and I opened the gun to find a dimpled yet unfired primer!
(finally my question) I've got 2 safes full of bolt guns that I can tear down in my sleep but honestly I never did much internals on the 336 so I'm asking the experts... I "think" I know what happened now that I've studied the gun and a blown up diagram but want the "official yay or nay".
If I let the hammer all the way down on the bolt it presses the rear firing pin into the bolt. When I then lift the hammer back, the rear firing pin stays inside the bolt. (pic 1)
With the hammer back (half-cock, full-cock doesn't matter) I can then lower the lever just enough to move the bolt rearward, thereby "re-setting" the rear firing pin into "ready/fire position". (pic 2)
I hope I'm speaking English here, I know what I want to ask, just not sure I done so properly for the experts. Is the gun functioning properly and does the firing pin have to be manually "reset" each time like the picture shows or does the old gun have problems? (haven't fired it since the snap. wanted to fix before taking back out if indeed something else is wrong)
Thanks for any help or advice,