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Old January 11, 2019, 11:03 AM   #8
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The big thing is, chamber and bolt have to match. Any standard 98 bolt will fit the receiver, but even if you know the chambering of the barrel it would be pure luck if the headspace is correct. If you don't want to take it to a gun smith, these are the steps I would do:
1. Determine the chambering. The right way is to take a chamber cast, but taking a first guess at 30-06 is probably a good start.
2. Get the correct gauge set for the chamber and learn how to use it.
3. Take the gun and the set to a gun show, and start trying out bolts from the 98 bin to get one that fits.
4. Test fire from a remote trigger gun holder, just in case there was a reason the previous owner didn't finish the build.
I used to love being able to hit hard at 1000 yards. As I get older I find hitting a mini ram at 200 yards with the 22 oddly more satisfying.
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