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    Posted: October 02 2014 at 8:02pm
I put this post in the gunsmithing topic because it fits better than the other topics. DANG IT! I did a bump test on a 1943 Maltby sporterized rifle. After 3 solid bumps on cement (it has a plastic stock)with the bolt cocked on an empty chamber of course the bolt burst open on the 3rd bump.(the striker had not released in fire mode though, but no matter, the sear might have tripped as well under the right conditions). I took the action completely apart and checked everything. When I got to the bolt body I found the locking lug to be very worn and somewhat jagged. Checking the action slot where the locking lug rests while cocked presented the same wear characteristics. Comparing this to my other #4's showed me this '43 Maltby to be unsafe in my mind. I planned on using this rifle as a back up to my usual hunting Longbranch/Parker Hale conversion. Not now. What could happen if I had a round ready to fire and say I slipped on some wet rock or mossy log while trying to secure my aim and the gun fell out of my hands and hit something hard scares the he!! out of me! A replacement bolt body might help but the slot in the action is so worn I doubt it would hold it locked. I thought about trying another bolt from one of the other rifles but decided not to, not wanting to harm the good locking lug. So, long story short...what would you guys do? Retire the action and use the good parts for another build? Bummer, but I am glad I found this problem before it was too late. Bummer...the bolt/barrel/action all match too.   
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one of the drawbacks of vintage rifles is the wear and tear it suffered in previous life 
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That's a bummer,man..bummer.
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You could give a whole new meaning to joining the half moon club! I would say that it isn't safe.
 
On another note: never have a round loaded if you are crossing a stream or fence, climbing over or under something, or where you may have to jump over or across something. You may slip (as you mentioned), have to pass the rifle to a fellow hunter or assist a fellow hunter.
 
If a rifle is loaded, always carry it muzzle facing forward and down. If you should fall the muzzle should remain pointing in a safe direction no matter which way you fall. A loaded rifle is never carried over the shoulder nor using the "big game hunter" style (ie on top of the shoulder holding the barrel) 
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It is tough to retire them but that one is beyond hope once the locking lug recess in the receiver is damaged.

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Here in the U.S its usually advised to open & clear the action while doing things like crossing ditches, climbing fences & styles Etc.
The drawback with forward & down is if you slip its easy to poke the muzzle into soil & create a blocked barrel situation which is considered dangerous.

There's a bit in the Movie "Shooter" where the hero (the world's best sniper Bob "The Nailer" Swagger) has a left shoulder muzzle down carry & as he kneels you can SEE the muzzle poke into the dirt.
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Thanks fellas for the responses. I'll strip the action of it's good parts and put the action away with a tag attached stating the problem. Maybe better to have it cut in half and recycled? I love my own retirement but retiring this old gal is tough but necessary.
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that is a movie i really enjoy every time it airs , yes that is something one must pay attention to it really messes with you favorite guns 
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If you liked the movie you should try the book from which it was taken.
The movie glosses over a lot of the story points & changes even more. The book (Point Of Impact) is written in a "Grittier" style as well which the movie lacks. Its also one of a set of stories with a common cast of characters.
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