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cottontop 08-27-2012 11:20 PM

Bolt Handle Alteration
Does anyone know of a gunsmith who can alter a military Mauser bolt handle so that a low scope can be installed on the rifle? I would just like to be able to mail the bolt to him, he can complete the alteration and then send it back to me. If you know of someone can you post his phone and/or email address? I have emailed two already and they have failed to respond. I would like to find a guy who can communicate, is not afraid of emailing, and can complete the job in a reasonable length of time.

mountainman13 08-27-2012 11:29 PM

You could email stateline gun shop in mason nh. They have a website with contact info. If they don't do it they may know someone who does. They always respond to my emails usually pretty quickly.

cottontop 08-28-2012 01:21 AM

Thanks mountainman13. I sent them an email. I'll see what happens.

mountainman13 08-28-2012 01:25 AM

My pleasure. Hope they can help.

vagunsmith 08-28-2012 03:35 PM

I do this job you are wanting but I had a back operation and my shop is closed for the next 12 weeks. Its not a to big of a job just a hot job. Most smiths want the complete rifle to make sure the bolt handle will clear the scope and fits nicely in the handle slot. If its done and you receive it and it does not work then you will have to ship it back until you get it right. I have bolt bending blocks but they are not exact and most of the time require a little more bend. I also check headspace and if it is not correct I will not proceed with the bend. And of course the bolt will require polishing after heat is applied to it. I would hate to polish a bolt and then have to re bend if it is sent back

vagunsmith 08-28-2012 05:30 PM

I forgot to mention that some rifle owners elect to have the bolt handlle cut off and re placed with a longer bolt handle that can be ordered from brownells or numrich. You can probably do this yourself and get a local weld shop to tig weld the new handle in place. A bent bolt will be shorter in length after being bent

hiwall 08-28-2012 06:36 PM

I would think any gunsmith should be able to do this common job(at least it was common when I was gunsmithing). Try these guys(its an old shop)-

I never used bending blocks(though they were a popular method). Mostly I partially cut the bolt and bent it how I wanted then welded it.
Guys used several ways to do the job.

cottontop 08-29-2012 03:17 AM

mountainman13: stateline would not do the bolt handle job for me unless they could perform a lot of other work, and I would have to send them the whole rifle.

hiwall: ahlmans is glad to do whatever I want. They will bend the bolt handle for me. I can notch the stock for the bolt handle myself. I guess I will send it to them.

Thanks guys for the suggestions.

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