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Old 04-18-2013, 01:10 AM
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Mainspring, Thanks for that I will try that way. The action in question is a "S&W" version. All I need to know from them is how to ID the mod if it is done.
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Old 02-23-2014, 08:48 PM
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Mine is just outside of it BO333**.
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Old 11-26-2014, 08:09 AM
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Not too late yet!

I purchased a used 270 Mosseberg by Howa on the grounds of appearance and price over two years ago. This morning I took it out of the locker thinking I just might take it and shoot first time and by looking at the rifle I'd say the guns first time.

That little guy standing on my shoulder whispered and I ended up on the Internet. Soon I was on the phone with Howa and now I'm awaiting the BOLT UPGRADE KIT which the gentleman said will be sent today. So I'll wait a bit longer before I fire this rifle. My bolt will be sent out, firing pin replace, or whatever and I'll get back, I think.

One thing is for sure. This ole Michigan farm boy didn't blow his face off November 26, 2014 with a rifle made in 1987 that was just waiting for the chance.

Time heals some things...not engineering design flaws machined in steel. By the way, we are still recovering live bombs plunked out in the Gulf of Mexico during WWII. Just because something hasn't killed you doesn't mean it never will...and some THING is surely going to kill you. That's when it's too late.
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Old 11-26-2014, 08:48 AM
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The bolt recall is because it is possible to incorrectly assemble the bolt making it unsafe not because it is an unsafe product as delivered. The Howa rifles are as solid as any available.
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Old 02-09-2015, 07:58 AM
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Alan, I cover this in my book. Look for two milled flats on the bottom of the bolt sleeve. The faulty sleeves were ROUND instead of eccentric so the shroud would become displaced 90 degrees counter-clockwise. That puts the cocking piece stud facing right instead of down into the tang. The safety lever acts as a sear and the bolt was closed on a live round.....then the cocking piece slipped off the safety lever. Major damage to the right hand and arm but his eyes were shielded by the scope.
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