Pushing bolt forward with thumb?

702lineman

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So I've noticed lately at matches some competitors are pushing the bolt forward with thier thumb on back of the bolt then closing the handle. I thought at first maybe it was just a preference, but have seen multiple shooters do it now. Is there a reason for this or just how some people roll?
 

702lineman

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Just to be clear, I've seen this done on impact, big horn and defiance actions so I dont think it's a bolt binding thing
 

pmclaine

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If in bolt overwatch or finishing up a tactile condition check just seems natural to use your thumb as its right there.
 

pmclaine

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I have been graced with opposable thumbs, I figure I might as well use them?

Thats not the first, nor most important, reason why God gave us the opposable thumb.

Just learned a co-worker with a 20 plus year marriage failed to use his opposable thumb instead of the 29 year old and tossed his former life away.
 

milanuk

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The only gun I've had that required that was a Stiller TAC30 action... drove me nuckin' futz. I can flick the bolt open and closed with my fingers on most of my Salvages, but on that semi-custom action, I had to ride the bolt closed with my thumb on the tail piece or the damn thing would bind up tight :mad:

Maybe others have other reasons for doing it, but if I encounter another gun that 'requires' that, it's heading down the f'ing road, post haste.
 

eklarsen

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Bigger bolt handles impart binding due to leverage, using the thumb makes for easy insertion.