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Thread: Welding my mauser bolt handle

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    Welding my mauser bolt handle

    My rifle is a Brno BO98 - factory sporterized with a NOS/refurb action. Although a nice rifle, the bolt handle left a lot to be desired. With super high mounts, the handle would kiss my 40mm scope. So after I've scuffed it a bit (and been using it for almost a year) I bit the bullet and decided enough was enough.

    So I had to find a handle. I decided on welding a new one as buggering around with the old one when going to the trouble of putting a new one on didn't make sense. I'm stingy so didn't want to buy one... That left making one, because I also rather fancied Pervus's bolt handle in Puclic Enemies.

    I started with 16mm round stock, on the forge it went. Forged it to a rough shape.




    Cut it down and ground to a closer one. I filed out a raise in the bottom grip area and chequered it with a needle file.


    Cut the old one off leaving about 3mm of stub. I shaped the new handle to line up how I wanted, tacked it on and tried it for size. All good so welded it fully. I did one pass then water cooled it. The lugs never got warmer than luke, and I applied a lot of heat stop paste to the cokcing cam, which never seemed to get hot either.


    Buffed it up


    I had to take a small notch out of the reciever, and a bigger one out of the stock.






    I guess it won't allow mounting of an ultra low scope, bu it won't be the limiting factor with this safety and hopefully I can go to medium mounts now.

    By the way, does anyone know what saftey I have? I don't like it - sits too high, doesn't lock the bolt and is ugly. Would a Bueler style fit right on or would my shroud have been modified for this one?
    "A man can never have too much red wine, too many books, or too much ammunition." -- Rudyard Kipling

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    Harry, congratulations! And although I do not think it is the most elegant bolt I have ever seen, having seen the pudding stirrer fitted to the Brock and Norris Tikka in Sporting Rifle, I think you have done very well indeed

    Is your safety one of these; http://www.shopwiki.com/Gentry+3+Pos...roud+Mauser+98 ?

    ft
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    Thanks flytie, I'm pretty chuffed with it actually. When I saw that mauser of Pervus's, I thought I'll have me one of them... So now I'm one step closer!

    I guess mine is a little shorter and less tapered though. And the chequring is more crude. Inspiration -

    That's not my safety, I wish it was...
    Last edited by harrygrey382; 13-12-2010 at 19:27.
    "A man can never have too much red wine, too many books, or too much ammunition." -- Rudyard Kipling

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    Nice work Harry, I had the same problems years ago with a 98 I had, but I didn’t go to the lengths you did to put it right.

    ATB

    Tahr

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    Excellent work Harry. It looks nice and if it works perfectly for you - then it's doing the job well - which - in the field is mostly what matters. Was the round stock mild steel or spring ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by harrygrey382 View Post
    I guess mine is a little shorter and less tapered though. And the chequring is more crude. Inspiration -
    That's not my safety, I wish it was...
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    Harry, thanks for the link! I had watched that film but not picked up on the bolt handle at all. I have chuckled over that, and wondered how many others watched that film and thought, "that's the bolt handle for me" Only on SD

    ft
    Edit: I am even more impressed now!!
    Last edited by flytie; 13-12-2010 at 18:36. Reason: being impressed
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    harry you have done a good job there ,did you just mig it ,atb wayne

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    Quote Originally Posted by flytie View Post
    Harry, thanks for the link! I had watched that film but not picked up on the bolt handle at all. I have chuckled over that, and wondered how many others watched that film and thought, "that's the bolt handle for me" Only on SD

    ft
    Edit: I am even more impressed now!!
    lol yeah I was obsessing about it for weeks after seeing it. I just had to keep rewatching that film. Although that rifle is generally very classy IMO!

    Quote Originally Posted by mereside View Post
    harry you have done a good job there ,did you just mig it ,atb wayne
    Thanks. Yep, just mig'd - it's a Lincoln Minimig 180. Got plenty of penno, I'm very confident it won't break off even if I (accidentally) fire a hot one!
    "A man can never have too much red wine, too many books, or too much ammunition." -- Rudyard Kipling

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    Quote Originally Posted by harrygrey382 View Post
    lol yeah I was obsessing about it for weeks after seeing it. I just had to keep rewatching that film. Although that rifle is generally very classy IMO!


    Thanks. Yep, just mig'd - it's a Lincoln Minimig 180. Got plenty of penno, I'm very confident it won't break off even if I (accidentally) fire a hot one!
    hi harry im sure it will be great i was interested just out of interest was you on 6mm wire. again good job,atb wayne

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    Quote Originally Posted by mereside View Post
    hi harry im sure it will be great i was interested just out of interest was you on 6mm wire. again good job,atb wayne
    no it's .8mm wire, not sure of the composition though. Straight CO2. I take it you're a welder then?
    "A man can never have too much red wine, too many books, or too much ammunition." -- Rudyard Kipling

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