It's one of those things that'll take you an hour to get back in the first time. Then a half hour the next time. With a little practice you'll be able to pop it in and out in seconds.
Hold the bolt by the roller with the front of it slightly elevated (1/2" or so), at approx. a 40-45 degree angle to the receiver, and with the roller rotated upward approx. 15-20 degrees, and place in receiver about half way back. Continue sliding bolt backwards into the receiver while slowly lowering the front and rotating the bolt roller downward.
What we have to first achieve is getting that stupid tang on the firing pin through the firing pin timing slot in the bridge of the receiver.
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I'd do what the 'Bruiser' said. If your M1A is new, it'll take some wiggling, twisting, pushin' and a whole bunch of words we can't repeat on the board to get it in. Once the rifle loosens up from shooting it for a while and you get a little more practice, it'll drop right in for ya.
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flip the receiver upside down so you're looking into it from the bottom (assuming it's out of the stock). You will see the hook on the back of the firing pin and how you must angle the bolt in to fit that hook in.
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