Guess it depends on if you have one you can swap the barrels on, if you do that is not the front stock bolt, it too small and on mine is the pin that locates the barrel so it is correctly oriented for the bolt to fit.Just had a look at mine and that screw is certainly the forward stock screw, the one on mine does not protrude above nor into the chamber area.
On the phone I was told they had never had this happen previously which is why rather than just send me out a replacement shear pin they wanted to investigate the bolt to try and understand why the pin had failed. I don’t feel in any way disappointed with Shultz and Larsen and certainly not with Alan Rhone who has always provided excellent customer service. Like you say; it‘s just a shear pin after all.Excellent outcome, disappointing from S&L to see this failure as they are one of the highest quality manufacturers out there. But…it is just metal at the end of they day, it can fail.
As far as I can tell the bolt is completely undamaged. Alan Rhone will check this tomorrow. I will get the barrel off soon and inspect the chamber too but the only real damage was where the ejector was grinding in to the base of the case while the mallet was freeing up the bolt. The lettering stamped in to the base was shiny/scratched, this being softer than steel the ejector itself appears fine but that will be checked over by Alan too and replaced if necessary.Glad you got to the bottom of the problem. Are you certain there is no damage (scarring) to either the rifle and/or bolt metalwork other than the “pin” in question?
I don’t know. It’s a thin, hollow bit of metal. Like a tube but with a thin gap along one side, so more like a sheet rolled up to a cylinder but both ends not quite touching. It’s then tapped in to a hole slightly smaller than its original diameter so that it is a very tight fit, squashed uniformly in to the space. The gunsmith said something about them being designed to fail - presumably before something more important does, in this case I guess to protect the ejector. So I guess it’s a pin which is designed to shear/fail before the thing it protects gets damaged?Why is it called a shear pin? Is it designed to shear or is it screwed to a torque and the head shears off?
I don't understand why it's called a shear pin?