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There’s a right way and a wrong way to work your bolt-action hunting rifle. I can’t count the number of times I’ve seen a hunting client or a friend (including capable and experienced shooters) short stroke their bolt, resulting in a “click” instead of a shot. Here’s how to work your bolt action right. Slam it open—all the way to the rear—and slam it shut. It’s designed to respond reliably when treated with authority.