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May 21, 2001, 02:06 PM
I read somewhere that replacement bolt bodies can be bought that already have the bolts bent for use with scopes. Does anybody have a link or site to someone that has these?
May 21, 2001, 03:47 PM
Gun Parts Corp, http://www.e-gunparts.com, and Springfield Sporter's in Doe Run, PA, among others, sell altered bolt bodies. However, the rifle will have to be re-head spaced. Since this can be expensive, you might want to do a price comparison of new bolt/head space vs. altering your original bolt handle.
I don't recommend attempting to alter the bolt yourself, unless you have the bolt bending blocks, and the experience, since the bolt is easyly ruined.
May 22, 2001, 04:50 PM
You can allso buy bolt handles that are bent.You cut the old one off and weld the new on one.Very easy to do.
May 22, 2001, 11:09 PM
I have 1903 and 1938 model Turkish Mausers, and they are big on the
outside, like an 1898, and have small threaded barels, like a Swede.
The book to I like best on sporterizing Mausers is by R.A. Walsh:
"Mauser M98 & M96 How to Build Your Favorite Custom Rifle"
Wherein he acknowledges that barrels are sold for the 98 and 96 with
only the .250 Savage, 6.5mm, 7x57, and 35 Remington going to the small
threaded small ring 96. He then goes on to say that despite this
timidity of barrel suppliers, the the 96 is OK with 25-06 up to 61,000
psi. The fact that Turks are large ring with small threads, lumps it in
with the 96's for pre threaded barrel availability.
Buy Walsh's book at Brownell's Stock No. 968-565-120
If you buy on line, you should try to qualify for wholesale prices. I
Brownell's website that I am 'The Clark Magnuson College of
makes the book cost $22 and not $32.50. If you call Brownell's on the
girls will suggest you get wholesale, the computer is not as price
We did the bolt bending. Our bent bolts do not
interfere with heat treatment on the bolt, and are very strong. However,
looks rough when first completed, and must be finished with a die
Dremel tool. We made a heat sink with buttressing threads for the bolt
heat paste on the bolt. One guy heats it with the torch, while the other
hits it with the sledge hammer.
R.A.Walsh in the book "Mauser M98 & M96 How to Build Your Favorite
Custom Rifle" says that one should only convert Mausers with mismatched
serial numbers. The rest should be kept for collecting.
He also recommends installing a Timney Trigger with adjustable "pull,
travel, and creep". He recommends 2.5 pounds or less for target and
varmit rifles, 4 pounds for hunting, and 6 to 8 pounds for dangerous
Triggers are on available at Midway.
Brownell's has Timney Triggers:
MAUSER 98,HUSQVARNA, BRNO, YUGOSLAV, H&R 300, COMMERCIAL MAUSERS
M98-FN-SP Sportsman Trigger
M98-FN-F Featherweight Trigger w/o Safety
M98-FN-FD Featherweight Deluxe Trigger
I have not bought an after market trigger yet, but rather deferred the
problem to the Fred Flintstone school of home gunsmithing :
I did a trigger job on a re barreled and scoped 98 Mauser this weekend:
1) an hour to reshape the part of the trigger that cams off the receiver
to make the trigger single stage instead of 2 stage [easier to pull now
~ 2.5 pounds]
2) an hour make a horse shoe shaped spacer to sit between the sear and
the receiver to reduce the hold off. [creep]
3) an hour to cut a nail to sit inside the trigger spring to reduce the
4) 10 minutes to find a small spring to sit between the trigger and
receiver to pull the trigger back so it will not be floppy with so
little take up.
I took it to the range and got a .700" 3 shot group. [That is VERY good,
To disassemble, put the action in an action wrench and the barrel in a
barrel vice. Turn counter clockwise.
Both tools are available for about ~$40 each, more at Brownell's. [Some
of us make our own]
At $18 delivered, this is my favorite Mauser Scope Mount, it is steel
These guys can fit with no grinding on the charging hump [except the
I recommend the Wheeler scope mount fixture [unless you have a milling
to locate the holes] $47
I think that for 6-48 taps, Midway is a good place to buy. $15
For that really hard Swedish steel the tap magic cutting oil helps.
For $20 the two piece steel and $4 for the two piece aluminum are my
I buy the 6-48 screws at Brownell's too.
I bought Walsh's book on sporterizing Mausers at Brownell's.
The Kuhnhausen book on Mausers sucks.
The idea is to get the bolt bent without changing the heat treat [past
straw color] at the cocking cam on the bolt body. To this end I put
Welder's paste in the bolt body. Also, I put a home made brass
buttressing thread heat sink screwed into the bolt body. I have never
had the cocking cam get even warm to the touch, let alone straw color.
The heat treat change is the only reason for not bending the bolts given
in Kuenhausen. He seems to suffer from "Heat Treat Psychosis". Or, as
someone else put it, " Keunhausen is like a snipe hunt, at some point
you stop following the instructions and realize someone is playing a
joke on you."
When I comes to Moisin Nagants, I am TIG welding on either bolts made
from scratch, bolt blanks from Brownell's, or mostly the original bolt
knob with a bolt extender welded between the knob and body. This process
seems to heat up the bolt body, but 91/30s are all soft anyway, right?
In any case after welding of forging, a bolt will look much better after
it is shaped with a die grinder.
May 24, 2001, 12:02 AM
Bolt bending blocks serve as a heat sink and I always used a copper rod (a piece of electrical ground rod turned to the right size) inside the bolt. Never had a problem with the bolt getting too hot. On general principles, I prefer forging down the bolt to welding one on. I never had a welded one come off, but I have seen a number that did. Most were DIY jobs, but one was from a top shop with a good reputation. They fixed it, but the customer traded the rifle.
May 24, 2001, 07:06 AM
Unless the customer asks for a custom bolt handle I agree with Jim but I use a combined method for forging the handle. I cut the stub on an angled line that is laid out 3/8" from the bolt body on the top and 1/8" on the bottom. Cut down to about 1/8" from going all the way through. Use heat sink and paste. Heat the "connected" area and bend to angle and sweep desired, then fill the V with weld. This adds a little more length to the handle than merely forging it and you still retain some of the strength from the original root. George
May 24, 2001, 01:55 PM
george ,you sent those instructions to me, and cutting as you said was a easy weld and the bolt came out perfect.
I used a aluminum heat sink with that heat paste and a water
soaked rag to hold bolt in vice,mig weld one pass, let cool.
I was fearfull of ruining heat treatment of bolt,welded till
I had a nice round mound to grind and finish file. its better than cutting the handle off completely.
May 28, 2001, 09:42 PM
GO TO THE BROWNELL´S SITE AND BUY THE BOOKS (GUNSMITH KINKS) IT´S VERY WELL EXPLAINED, STEP BY STEP.
I´VE DONE IT TWICE WITH EXCELLENT RESULTS, INSTEAD OF REMOVING THE EXCESS WITH A DREMEL DO IT WITH A FILE YOU´LL GET BETTER RESULTS AND ANOTHER TIP IS THAT HEAT TREATMENT THING IS A JOKE BUT THE PROBLEM WITH TOO MUCH HEAT IS THAT IT WILL FORM A FERRITA (CRUD DIFFICULT TO REMOVE)INSIDE THE THREAD AND MAKING IT DIFFICULT TO TURN THE SHROUD ONCE FINISHED.
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