To avoid a fiasco here, remember to keep the bolt cocked for removal and replacement, but you do not have to pull the trigger to remove a cocked bolt, you use the bolt release on the left rear portion of the action. And yes it is a pain in the butt to cock a bolt to replace it in the rifle as the party saw when he got his rifle. I have a severly Bubba'd K98 that I am going to donate to Stalkingbear for a caliber change / rebarrel. Why? I have no use for the 8mm / 7.92x57mm. I just hope the party that had the problem had a bench vise handy and some old rags or boards to wrap the bolt with to avoid marring.