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.
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
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