Loading And Unloading

Before attempting to load or unload the rifle, be certain the muzzle is pointing in a safe direction and the safety is on—the "S" showing.

MAGAZINE CAPACITY AND CARTRIDGES. Magazine capacity is 3 cartridges with Magnum calibers, 4 cartridges with caliber 220 Swift and 5 cartridges with all other calibers. Do not put more cartridges into the maga/ine than is specified in the foregoing. Each M-77 rifle is chambcrcd for a specific calibcr. Know ihc caliber of the rifle you are loading and load cartridges of only that caliber into the rifle. If cartridges will not fit into the magazine or will not chamber properly, do not force them. If you cannot determine why the cartridge will not fit. clcar the rifle of all cartridges and write to or call the factory.

Loading the magazine: (Safety should be on-the showing.)

l ift the bolt handle and pull the bolt rearwardly until it stops against the bolt stop. Load cartridges directly into the magazine by pressing one cartridge at a time into the magazine.

Loading the chamber: (Safety should be on-the US" showing.)

After loading the magazine, push the bolt handle forward, stripping a cartridge from the magazine and pushing the cartridge ahead of the bolt into the chamber. Close the bolt Never lower the firing pin with a loaded cartridge in the chamber. Under such circumstances the firing pin will be in direct contact with the primer of the loaded cartridge and a light accidental blow to the firing pin can readily cause the gun to discharge.

To single-load: (Safety should be on-the "S" showing.)

Placc a cartridge directly into the chamber and close thebolt. If there are cartridges in the magazine and it is desired to single load a cartridge directly into the chambcr, depress the top cartridge until the bolt race is well aheadof the rims of the cartridges in the magazine and the bolt will pass over them.

Unloading the chamber and magazine: (Safety should be on-the T showing.)

Lift the bolt and pull to the rear, to eject chambcrcd cartridge. Leave bolt open. Push forward the small latch in the front of the trigger guard to open the hinged floor-plate and release the cartridges in the magazine. Hold the other hand under the floor-plate so as to retard the opening of the spring loaded floorplate, and catch the can-ridges in the palm of the hand.

To fire the rifle:

When a cartridge is chambered, and the safety button is positioned so the "F" is showing, pulling (squeezing) the trigger will discharge the cartridge. Always be certain that you know where the bullet will strike when you fire the rifle. (See Handling Warning in this Manual.)


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