To Load And Fire

Practice the important aspects of gun handling described below (with an unloaded rifle) until you can perform each of the steps with skill and confidence. But before loading the rifle, please read completely through this manual, and be certain the muzzle is pointing in a safe direction. Do not load the rifle until you are ready to use it!

(The following procedure assumes a new rifle with the bolt out).

1. Keep the muzzle pointed in a safe direction (See Rule 2, p. 39).

2. Position the safety selector in the "Load-Unload" position (see figure 3, p. 11).

3. Insert the bolt in the receiver in accordance with "To replace bolt" instructions on Page 21.

4. Draw the bolt fully to the rear.

A WARNING-LOADING

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Know the caliber of your rifle you are loading and load cartridges of only that caliber into it!

Before loading, be certain the primer of each cartridge is seated flush with, or below, the surface of the cartridge case base. A cartridge discharged by the closing of the bolt can result in possible serious injury to the shooter and those nearby.

If a cartridge does not chamber readily, do not force it. Check the bore and chamber to be certain that each cartridge is the proper caliber and of correct dimensions. If you cannot determine why the cartridge will not fit, clear the rifle of all cartridges and write or call the factory.

The wrong ammunition can destroy your gun and result in serious injury.

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BE SURE WHAT YOU LOAD IS CORRECT

Loading the magazine: (Safety should be in "Load-Unload" position). With the bolt open, load cartridges of the correct caliber directly into the magazine by pressing one cartridge at a time into the magazine.

Loading the chamber: (Safety should be in "Load-Unload" position). Do not chamber a cartridge until you are ready to shoot immediately. After loading the magazine, push the bolt handle forward. This will strip a cartridge from the magazine and push the cartridge ahead of the bolt into the chamber. Close the bolt handle fully downward and put the safety fully rearward to the "Safe" position.

A WARNING-HANDLING

Never carry the rifle loaded with the safety selector in the "FIRE" position. If dropped or struck with the safety off, the rifle may fire. Such a discharge can occur with or without the trigger being directly struck or touched. Never rest a loaded rifle against any object. (wall fence, vehicle, tree, etc.) because there is always the possibility that the rifle will be jarred or slide from its position and fall with sufficient force to discharge. Keep safety on unless actually firing.

Never lower (uncock) 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.

ANY GUN MAY FIRE IF DROPPED

To single-load: (Safety should be in "Load-Unload" position). Place a cartridge directly into the chamber and close the bolt. If there are cartridges in the magazine and it is desired to single load a cartridge directly into the chamber, depress the top cartridge and push the bolt forward until the bolt face is well ahead of the rim of the top cartridge in the magazine. Then, close the bolt.

A WARNING: DO NOT TOUCH THE TRIGGER UNTIL YOU ARE ACTUALLY READY TO FIRE THE RIFLE.

To fire the rifle: When a cartridge is chambered and the rifle is pointed in a safe direction, put the safety in the "Fire" position. Pulling (squeezing) the trigger will discharge the cartridge. Always be certain that you know where the bullet will strike when you fire the rifle. Never allow the thumb to touch the cocking piece when firing as it can be pinched when the cocking piece moves forward to fire the rifle.

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