I picked up my X7VH last Thursday. The bolt was rusted too, but some fine grit sand paper and some steel wool and now is as smooth as silk. Another problem was that the front take down screw was too long where I couldn't get the bolt to close. I called Marlin and they are sending a replacement screw. It definitely left a bad taste in my mouth but after shooting it and getting moa groups, I feel a lot better. The LGS that sold it to me felt bad and instead of sending it back, they just sold it to me for what their cost was .