So, while shooting my Tasco red dot video - my gun stopped extracting. I'm pretty brutal with this gun, so I figured it just needed a cleaning - but I found that my extractor didn't feel right. It felt mushy and the tooth was very worn....so, I decided to replace it. 12 years is enough abuse for any extractor - I'm sure.
Anyway, I ordered a new spring, o-ring and extractor from Midway and when it arrived today, I broke down my BCG to make the repair - but I can't get the damned extractor pin out. I know it's supposed to just slide out when tension from the spring is released - but this SOB won't come out. I can get it to move about a millimeter - but then it just stops. After being gentle, I broke out the punch set and wrapped the bolt in leather to put it in the vise.
The stupid pin just started to mushroom in the hole, and it never budged!
This thing is driving me nuts.
I've got a new pin on the way, but what did I do wrong?
OK, so without any advise coming forth from here or my post on FB - I decided that my best course of action was to drill it out. A little time getting the bolt aligned in the vise and some butt pucker moments listening to the drill bit and hoping I had it well centered - I managed to drill out the outer extremities of the pin and pry out the extractor. I used a 3/32 (0.093") drill bit which is ever so slightly slimmer than the 0.099" pin.
I figured that it was either bent or broken. Once I was able to get the extractor out - I could see that the pin is bent (and it still isn't coming out of the extractor). Being bent - it explains why I couldn't drive it out. The two drilled out pieces pushed right out and after cleaning up the bolt it looks like I had the drill bit well centered enough that I didn't even scrape the hardened metal of the bolt or the extractor.
Butt pucker moment averted. I really didn't want to buy a new bolt anyway.