Cross bolts


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oz_lowrider
June 1, 2009, 08:52 PM
Does anyone know where I can obtain cross bolts like those used Military Mauser 98 stocks. Is there another name for cross bolts and are they used in other mechanical or engineering fields. Are they available in different lengths. Thanks.

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Jim Watson
June 1, 2009, 09:42 PM
You could get a modern version from Brownells
http://www.brownells.com/aspx/NS/store/productdetail.aspx?p=13113&st=874005000&s=31555

Or the actual Mauser part at Numrich
http://www.e-gunparts.com/product.asp?chrProductSKU=1040720


Bear in mind that most modern rifles have gone to pillar bedding or just glass bedding. Only traditional rifles or major serious big game great big calibers call for stock crossbolts.

oz_lowrider
June 1, 2009, 10:48 PM
Thanks Jim. Have you any thoughts on why a lot of the earlier military Mausers and other makes used cross bolts. Surely it wasn't simply due to poor stock timber. Some of these calibers weren't considered, big, the 7X57 for example. The 8X57 is getting up there in the big class.

rcmodel
June 2, 2009, 01:34 PM
My thought is:

* The old military rifles were not bedded as precisely as modern rifles.

* They were subjected to much rougher use then any modern sporter would be called to do.

* They were subjected to every weather condition known to man and the stock got soaked for days on end, frozen in winter cold, and sucked dry in desert heat. Over and over, day after day, for many years of service.

* Shrinking and swelling due to weather was common.

* They may have been subjected to firing rifle grenades, bayonet fighting, and being used as a club.

Something no modern rifle would ever experiance.

rc

oz_lowrider
June 2, 2009, 07:34 PM
Good explanation RC, thanks.

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