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The Mauser Bolt Handle

A Different Approach - Swede 96

 

I had a Swede M96 that had a botched bolt bend, so I tried the machine bolt/silver solder method.

This is much like the silver solder re-work of the Mosin-Nagant M44 worked so well .

The 1/4-inch Grade 8 bolt and two styles of knobs are for sale here.

The handle was cut and the body mounted in an angle vise. The stub was center punched and the stub positioned at 90 degrees to allow the 1/8-inch bit to start. (This vise is either $20 or $30 from Wholesale, BUT required some work to make it really suitable for accurate work. It is however a VERY nice CASTING KIT) After the hole was JUST started, the vise was tilted and the hole drilled through and then enlarged a 1/16 at a time until it was a 1/4-inch through hole. The 1/4-inch grade 8 bolt was soldered in place as shown here.

The action was installed in the (plastic) stock and a piece of carbon paper (ask your parents J ) was placed between the bolt handle and the stock. When the bolt is closed, a mark is made where the handle strikes the stock.

The mark(s) Ý Ý Ý are then removed using a chisel or file and the process is continued. By removing JUST the marks, a nice tightly fitted handle-channel is made.

And this is it, fitted with a round plastic ball. Ý Ý Ý

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