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Bending Mauser Bolt Handles
Bending Mauser Bolt Handles

Far and away, the most modified bolt action rifle is the venerable Model 98 Mauser. Not that the design had any deficiencies as a military rifle, but if you want to attach a scope, the straight bolt handle needs some alteration for easier operation and scope clearance.

Bolt Body Heat Sink
Bolt Body Heat Sink

Alterations of rifle bolts should be done with great care, especially if intense heat is used for welding, soldering, or brazing. The heat treatment of the locking lugs as well as other critical areas of the bolt such as the cocking cam must not be altered.