View Full Version : Bolt handle bending

February 11, 2002, 03:08 PM
I'd like to bend the straight bolt handle of my Yugo 24/47. Can I get some pointers? Thanks!

February 12, 2002, 10:45 AM
First, consider if you want to mount a scope.

If not, get some bolt bending blocks from Brownells or Midway, a length of pipe, a heavy ball peen hammer, and a torch. Heat the handle taking care to not anneal the cocking cam area and hammer away while pulling the bolt into place with the pipe. It's not easy and it's tough to get good looking results in my opinion...

If so, seriously consider forking over some cash and have the bolt properly cut and tig welded by a good gunsmith- select a new style bolt if you like. Talley is popular and looks good like an Oberndorf. The bolt will be a bit longer than if you bend it so you can grab it easier and it will look farrrrr better...

I already feel another Mauser project coming on... Last time I fussed so much about the bolt, my gunsmith handed me his homemade jig (similar to Brownells) and told me he'd weld it any way I want- that's the way it should be...

February 12, 2002, 05:13 PM
1 first strip the bolt all the way down. Take off the extractor.
this part is a bit of a bitch the first time. take the extractor and rotate it all the way to the right so it is up on the raised portion of the bolt. Then slip in a screwdriver under the top half of the the extractor and pull it to the right up and out.
2 Put wheeler heat sink paste on the Wheeler heat sink.
3 Screw the sink in
The sink prevents the heat from dammaging the bolt body.
4 Put the bolt in the Wheeler bending fixture.
5 Put the fixture in a vise.
6 Heat the bolt untill candy apple red with a mapp tourch
7 Hammer the bolt with a ball peen hammer till it conforms with the fixture.
8 Then sweep the bolt back with vise grips or the ball peen hammer.
9 Allow the bolt to cool
10 Polish with sand paper, then dremmel with polishing compound

after you hammer it start with like 200 or so paper then work down to 1500


If you are willing to hold off a few months(1-2) I am gonna have the whole process of building up a mauser on my web page. Bolt bending, jewling, drilling and tapping, etc

February 12, 2002, 05:14 PM
Here is the bent bolt. My digi cam sucks :(



February 12, 2002, 05:45 PM
how much do these tools cost?

February 12, 2002, 08:03 PM
Prices I think

Heat sink- 12$
bending block- 40
Ball peen hammer- 16
Heat sink paste- 12
Dremmel (needed!)- 150
Various grit sand paper- 20$