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The Hog Whisperer (Administrator)
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Welcome.

I'm not entirely sure that the rifle is unsafe just because the bolt won't stay open. I have a Mossberg 715T that is probably a similar design. If so it is just a blow-back operated semi-auto and they are about as simple as can be.

For what it's worth, a Ruger 10/22 bolt is somewhat of a nuisance to lock open and most people who have one don't bother. I rarely do on mine, unless I'm cleaning it.

Can't remember seeing any buffer in my 715. I'll rely on other forum members who have your gun to comment on that.

Don't know what you paid for it but if it was cheap enough and got you to the range to go shooting, then it will have served a purpose.

Hope that helps.
 
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