They are a recoil lug bolt, no need to touch them.
SAKOs are great rifles, very much a premier brand. They generally shoot better than you'd expect. Great Quality. The older ones are very popular here with collectors and shooters/hunters as they have a lot of hand finaishing, but in reaity are no better than recent efforts, which have some cost saving machining changes. If anything the new ones are better, but the traditionalists/purists don't like them as much. Just about all of the pro shooters here use them.
I have had several over the years, the last one I owned, a 1985 built 222 which I got rebarrelled to a 223 (fifth barrel!). The guy screwed it up and put a heavier barrel on than I wanted and spoilt the handling. It was not repairable as the forend was gouged out to accept the heavier barrel (sheeeeeze!). I have put about 600 rounds through it spotlighting roos, etc but don't like the balance any more (it shoots like a dream). I sold it and bought a brand new Tikka T3 (also made by SAKO) with the money and still had enough change to buy a spare 6 shot mag.
SAKOs are like money in the bank
Last edited by 4fingermick; 04-03-2010 at 06:36 AM.