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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 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) 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.

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