Ideas on how to convert a straight bolt Mauser 98k to curved bolt (sniper bolt)

Discussion in 'General Rifle Discussion' started by sharpshooter5647, May 19, 2011.

  1. sharpshooter5647

    sharpshooter5647 New Member

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    Hey I bought a Mauser 98k recently that has a straight bolt handle, and i prefer the curved "sniper bolt", I'm looking for ideas of ways to convert it to that.
    1. Heat bending it?
    2.machine shop bending it
    3.Bolt Handle Mauser Coversion Kit ATI?
    4. Or just replacing the bolt with one that has the handle I like?
     
  2. dteed4094

    dteed4094 New Member

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    I bent one for a neighbor by carefully clamping it in a vice, coating it with heat sink and heating it with an accetlyne torch. It came out perfect. I then ground the top of the bend and polished then engine turned it. Looks great for a bubba jobed Mauser.
     

  3. sharpshooter5647

    sharpshooter5647 New Member

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    Hmmmm could u tell if was done backyard style?
    And thank u, I might give that a try
     
  4. Vearl Brown

    Vearl Brown New Member

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    A Browning Mauser bolt will fit the military Mauser and it's already bent and polished !! Would probably head space OK too. All you have to do is find one and they are out there !!
     
  5. cottontop

    cottontop Guest

    Take it to a gunsmith who has experience with bolt alterations.
    cottontop
     
  6. hiwall

    hiwall Well-Known Member

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    the two common ways are bending or cut-in-weld. I always did the cut and weld. Then you have a choice of a different handle also.
     
  7. 303tom

    303tom Well-Known Member

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    The K98 did not have a straight bolt, The Gewehr 98 did................
     
  8. jpattersonnh

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    +1

    Here is a stripped bolt body.
    http://e-sarcoinc.com/search.aspx?find=MSR115

    Take a pic of the stamps. You may have a Polish or early K98
     
  9. orangello

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  10. BillM

    BillM Active Member Supporter

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    Does the term "sniper bolt" apply to a Mauser? I see the term
    used on Mosin Nagants---but never thought of turned down
    bolt handle as a "sniper bolt".
     
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  11. Vearl Brown

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    I didn't say that any of them had a straight or curved handle. I said that a Browning bolt would fit the rifle. And it WILL !! I have replaced several Mauser bolts with Browning bolts---after all there the same thing. Using the Browning bolt is a LOT easier and looks better than about 90% of the blacksmith jobs that I have seen done and thats a fact !!
     
  12. jpattersonnh

    jpattersonnh Active Member

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    Hey Vearl, I don't think anyone took a shot at you, it was intended for the OP and the term Sniper bolt. Now on a side note, why would a Browning bolt fit?? I know the answer and I ain't giving it up.
     
  13. Vearl Brown

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    Why would a Browning bolt fit ?? Because the Belgium made Browning rifles are built on the 98 Mauser receivers. SAME fits SAME !!! If you use one you would probably have to alter the receiver to let the bolt close but they DO fit and work. I have done this with several rifles myself. MOST of the time even the head space will be OK. Vearl
     
  14. jpattersonnh

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    Give that man a cupie doll. FN made brownings were identical to FN ,98 Mausers. The bolt shroud and safety changed a bit over time, but they are the same dimensions. There are a few other manufacturers that FN made rifles for that the same holds true.
     
  15. Vearl Brown

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    I was a gunsmith for BrowninG for 38 years ant these rifles were one of the "gun's" that I worked on. Chances are that I have worked on and shot more of these rifles than you have even seen. But then that's only MY opinion !!! The standard bolt even works in the short action Belgium .243 & .308 but that's just for your information !!
     
  16. nulreference

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    there is cut and weld (make sure to keep the bolt body as cool as possible its heat trated)

    cut and tap and bolt on funky conversion handle

    buy jig from midway/brownells and head and hammer forge it over

    cut and tap kit http://www.brownells.com/rifle-parts/bolt-parts/bolt-charging-handles/98-mauser-conversion-bolt-handle-prod76.aspx

    weld/forge tools http://www.brownells.com/gunsmith-tools-supplies/rifle-tools/bolt-tools/bolt-welding-forging-tools/index.htm this page is broken somehow if you cut paste the name in the search it takes you to the items tho
     
  17. smarquez

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  19. Axxe55

    Axxe55 The Apocalypse Is Coming.....

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    the cut and tap methods look tacky and bubbafied. the tools for doing just one are not cost effective.

    best suggestion is to find a compentent gunsmith or machine shop if you are only doing one bolt handle.