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SSG96 Troubleshooting

We created this page to help customers with the most frequently occurring issues. Please take your time and read through the ones that sound similar to the issue you are having.

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The bolt is scratchy.
The bolt can be a bit stiff when it’s still fresh. It will get smoother as you wear it in. If it’s still not smooth, make sure you are pulling the bolt correctly with your fingers on the handle and the thumb on the plug/cap to pull the bolt perfectly centered.

If you still have a hard bolt pull, you might have a bulged cylinder.
Please inspect it for any imperfections.  In addition, you need to make sure that you have not overtightened the screws on the stock which connects the upper.
The shots are curving.
Please clean out the bucking with rubbing alcohol and test it again. Make sure to use 0.46g BBs when testing. As there is a Maple Leaf bucking inside, you will need to make around 100-200 shots to break it in, and then it will behave as normal.

If nothing worked, please open the gun and check that the hop-up bucking is installed correctly and that the nub in the bucking is being pushed perfectly even.
The spring guide stopper is hard to remove.
You will need to use a flat head screwdriver to push it down.
I’m using a leather man to do it.
The bolt handle is stuck.
Please check that the pin in the handle isn’t missing. This can cause your bolt handle to no longer work.
The gun is not sealing.
Please ensure that you install the provided o-rings into the end cap. This will restore your air seal.

If there is a leak coming from the chamber, make sure that the bucking isn’t damaged and that the cylinder is also perfectly sealed.
The power is not correct.
Please use 0.46g when chrono-ing and be sure to use joules, not FPS. Remember to also set the hop up correctly to 0.46g BB’s before testing it on the chrono.
Which BBs should I use for the gun?
1 Joule Version: 0.28 g BBs
2.2 Joule Version: 0.43 g BBs
2.8 Joule Version: 0.46 g BBs
5 Joule Version: 0.46 g or 0.49 g BBs

You can, of course, use different BB weights for all versions of the SSG96. Just keep in mind that the performance will vary.
The receiver is scratched.
Please ensure that the cylinder hasn’t bulged, it might be scratching on the receiver.

If you find a bulged cylinder, send us a picture of the cylinder, and we will send you a replacement.
In case your issue is not covered in the points above