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spectr17
07-24-2001, 06:58 PM
Weatherby has announced a recall of all of its Vanguard rifles manufactured between 1970 and 1993. Only the bolts must be returned and the service and shipping is free. For information call 800-227-2018.

jbelk
07-29-2001, 10:42 AM
many have ask why they were recalled. ###Here it is:

Thanks for your interest.

The early Vanguards had a round bolt sleeve with no latch on it. ###It used the nose of the cocking piece against the rear of the bolt to keep its cocked orientation when the bolt was open or out of the gun. ###They still use this design, as does Remington and others.
###The problem arises when, for whatever reason, the shroud becomes rotated into the "fired" position while the bolt is open or removed. ### When the shooter tries to close the bolt there is nothing to tell him anything is wrong until the bolt is hard to close but feels like it *will* close. ###What is actually happening is the cocking piece is now protruding from the right side of the shroud and is hanging up on the safety lever. ###The cocking piece is spring loaded by the firing pin spring, of course, so it feels and operates as a cock on closing action. ###The safety lever is NOT a good sear. ###They will deflect outward under load and release the firing pin while the bolt is still open.
###At least three times the bolt got far enough forward to snap the extractor over the cartridge rim (push feed action) and then fired the round while the bolt was not rotated into the locked position. ###It does an amazing amount of damage to the right hand and arm but nobody was blinded or otherwise hurt. ###One guy lost the use of his right hand, ###the others a ###thumb. ###One bolt was 101 feet behind the point of firing.

Fubar
07-29-2001, 11:24 AM
jbelk ###Thanx for the info. You do everything you can to be safe. Then you have something like that happen. ### ### ### ### ### ### ### ###Fubar