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Old 07-11-2018, 01:55 PM   #1
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I just received my upper and was wanting to know if anyone else's bolt feel gritty/rough. I lubed it and it still doesn't feel smooth. Maybe it will feel better if I shoot it for a while? Or is this bolt that it came with like that and I should upgrade? It came dry as can be from PSA. They said I could send it back and they would send a new one but I would rather not if more lube and shooting will help. Here are some photos. sorry for the bad quality on my tablet.

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Old 07-11-2018, 02:12 PM   #2
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If I recall correctly their lowest quality ones has a somewhat rough finish. Is this the cheapest one they offer?
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Old 07-11-2018, 02:16 PM   #3
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If I recall correctly their lowest quality ones has a somewhat rough finish. Is this the cheapest one they offer?
I do not know, it came with my upper so I'm guessing it is cheaper. I just don't wanna send it back and wait for them to send a new one, meanwhile I can't use my pistol i spent my hard earned money on
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Old 07-11-2018, 03:47 PM   #4
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What was the upper package you bought?

We need better pictures then that.

Also just shoot the thing.
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Old 07-11-2018, 04:43 PM   #5
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Does it function fine and you just don't like the grit? Or is it an actual problem?

From your other post, you ordered the freedom package, which is their lowest budget offering, so I would imagine it's just lacking a nicer finish and will wear in quickly.
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Old 07-11-2018, 05:18 PM   #6
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I believe its from shot-peening or something to that nature, stress re-leaver . Once you lube them up with CLP a few times they seem fine. It seems to hold the CLP very well.
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Old 07-11-2018, 05:33 PM   #7
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I will shoot it tomorrow, I'm hoping that will help break it in. I've just never had a bolt that felt that way or was that tight to take apart and out together.
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I got one in a pistol upper that was tighter than my boss' wallet. It feels like a ring is about to pop putting it back together. Shoots fine. Slightly looser after 150 rounds.
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Old 07-11-2018, 05:45 PM   #9
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They said I have up to 30 days since they created a label to send it back and shooting it will not void it. Guess if it's it not better by then I'll send it back. wonder what they will send me, another freedom bolt? Lol
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Old 07-11-2018, 05:56 PM   #10
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My PSA blem upper came a bolt carrier with a rough finish also but definately does not affect function.

My PA10 bolt carrier (top) is much better.

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My Freedom upper had the basic BCG and yes it was tight and hand cycled rough. It shot fine though.
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Old 07-11-2018, 09:45 PM   #12
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Pretty sure I would still get a freedom bolt on return. Guess I'll see what happens when I shoot
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Old 07-11-2018, 09:56 PM   #13
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It's completely normal. My brother's Palmetto AR was gritty like that too, even after lube.

It needs to be broken in. After around 200 rounds through it it'll start to smooth out quite nicely. It'll get smoother and smoother the more you shoot it, but it's nothing to worry about.
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Old 07-11-2018, 10:48 PM   #14
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Thanks for all the replies. My only other ar is a S&W MP2 and it felt smooth
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Old 07-11-2018, 11:03 PM   #15
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Yeah I got the premium upper with BCG, I was expecting a premium BCG also but got that same standard BCG in those pics. It works, has shot 2,000+ rounds of brass & steel case ammo no issues. I still would have liked a Premium PSA logo BCG with it though for what I paid on the Premium line upper. Still though it runs like a champ, mine is still a bit rough on the tooling, but I use #2 HP Lithium Grease & that runs real smooth.
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Old 07-11-2018, 11:20 PM   #16
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Maybe I should get a better bolt somewhere and use this as a spare
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Maybe I should get a better bolt somewhere and use this as a spare
If it really annoys you then buy a Toolcraft BCG.
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If it really annoys you then buy a Toolcraft BCG.
exactly I flip the bolts that come with PSA lowers for like $60 and buy toolcraft ones on sale for about $70-$75
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Old 07-12-2018, 06:32 AM   #19
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I’ve purchases both the labeled and non labeled premium BCGs. Non labeled one was recent and was packed in oil, past labeled one was dry. Both alittle gritty but it smooths out. Wouldn’t worry about it unless it’s sticking anywhere.
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Pretty sure I would still get a freedom bolt on return. Guess I'll see what happens when I shoot
Well yeah, that's what you paid for...
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Shoot a couple hundred rounds through it.
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I ordered one 2 months ago it was allowed to corrode badly before it was blasted off and parked. Exchanged for one even worse (deep pitting) then refunded.

Went with toolcraft.
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Got one that's a little nasty with a freedom rifle kit a few months ago, parked, gritty, big chunk of the parkerizing completely missing in one area. ugly.

Probably doesn't make a bit of difference.

The one I just got with a pistol upper is very different, finish is very smooth and BCG looks good.

Toolcraft is good, AIM surplus BCG's are nice too. PSA had their NiB BCG on sale a few days ago for 90 bucks, looked pretty nice in the pics.
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Shoot a couple hundred rounds through it.
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They said I have up to 30 days since they created a label to send it back and shooting it will not void it. Guess if it's it not better by then I'll send it back. wonder what they will send me, another freedom bolt? Lol
You have 30 days on the current label. They will create a new one at any time. PSA has an unlimited lifetime warranty on rifles and parts.
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Yup. Bought a PSA 'blem' 10.5 upper with charging handle and bcg.

Upper is great, charging handle is a 'cheap' piece of aluminum, and bcg has a 'rough/gritty' finish on it. Have not shot the bcg, dont really plan to. This 'blem' bcg is going to be a spare/back up; going to buy a toolcraft or NiB PSA bcg for my build.

Hand cycling this bcg and you can hear/feel it sounds gritty cycling in the upper. Probably not an issue at all and would loosen up or smooth out over time, but since my pistol build has gone balls-deep into the wallet, i want a 'better' bcg. Dont need, want. Lol.
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They said I have up to 30 days since they created a label to send it back and shooting it will not void it. Guess if it's it not better by then I'll send it back. wonder what they will send me, another freedom bolt? Lol
Would you expect a nicer model Bcg you didn't pay for? Lol
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Maybe I should get a better bolt somewhere and use this as a spare
The BCG should be fine; you went cheap on the upper (I assume if you got the freedom line).

I've bought a few of their Freedom and even the PTAC components. They all work just fine with no issues. You can't expect a nice finish unless you buy their premium line or a Nitride carrier.

They're so cheap now that if the finish bothers you, just buy another Nitride or higher-quality BCG.
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but since my pistol build has gone balls-deep into the wallet,


I know exactly what you mean....how does that shit even happen? I thought well, pistol will be a cheap build, no stock to buy, shorter barrel...but oh hell no....
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I have several PSA Premium BCGs, and they are all somewhat grittier and rougher than all my other brands. Toolcraft seems the smoothest to me. I only buy PSA BCGs to match lower receiver rollmarks now, otherwise id rather get a $69 Toolcraft.
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I know exactly what you mean....how does that shit even happen? I thought well, pistol will be a cheap build, no stock to buy, shorter barrel...but oh hell no....
Oh yeah. This 'pistol' is going to be my most expensive gun project to date.

UPDATE :

Couldn't wait, so took my 10.5 to range today with the blem PSA BCG. Ran smooth and flawless, 90 rds and no issue.

May just keep running this bcg for awhile,,as now I have my eye on a UH1 optic and a streamlight... you know, for my 'cheap' pistol I figured Id slap together for shits n gigs.....
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Take a little 0000 steel wool and lightly go over the rough areas.
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I noticed the rough finish on a PSA bolt. Think it's from being shot-peened, like mentioned previously.

Had it out to the range and it functions just like any other dum AR I have had.
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I have bought several NIB BCG's from PSA. I paint them with oil and the oil runs off! I just ordered the charging handle/NIB BCG combo for $99.99 shipped. My regular PSA BCG's are smooth. You are obsessing over nothing. Paint brush with your favorite lube. As long as the chrome lining for the bolt is smooth. FIDO! (fuckitanddriveon)
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My first experience with the PSA BCG this weekend. It is pretty tight by golly. Even after painting with Break Free CLP.
I'm sure breaking it in will do some good. If these are that tight then should be less carbon fouling to clean up.............right?
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