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Complete Rem M700 replacement bolt?

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by MTMilitiaman, Oct 9, 2008.

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  1. MTMilitiaman

    MTMilitiaman Member

    Apr 28, 2005
    Missoula, Montana
    I have a Rem M700BDL LH in 7mm Rem Mag. I've had some work done to it, and most of it has been beneficial. The rifle has been bedded and has a trigger job. I have several loads centered around a 160 gr Nosler Accubond that shoot MOA or better when I do my part. Unfortunately, I had a Sako extractor installed and it was a task a little out of my small town gunsmith's ability. I've taken it back for tuning, but he's been unable to fit or adjust it to function properly when the bolt is worked fast. The case ends up ejected into the rear ring of the receiver and bounces back so that the next round double-feeds. The rifle works fine when the bolt is manipulated slower, but this is a hunting rifle. As much as I would like to say I will never need a fast second shot in the field, I can't guarantee that.

    I don't like the thought of clearing a malfunction in my rifle as a missed, or worse yet, wounded bull disappears over the ridge, so I am wary of using the rifle. But money is too tight to consider replacing the entire rifle. So I would like to just replace the bolt. I've tried searching Brownells, but their search feature is the most useless and inept excuse for such a feature I've ever encountered. I search "M700" and I get three hits for a recoil pad and some scope bases. I search "M700 complete bolt assembly" and I get 1900 replies starting with bolts for Ruger 10/22s and recoil assemblies for 1911s. I really don't know why Brownell's even has a search feature...it's really a PITA.

    So I was wondering if someone knew where I could fine a complete left hand long action Rem M700 bolt?

    It isn't serialized, so I can imagine why it would be so difficult to find. Even if headspace needed to be adjusted and minor fitting was required, it would have to be cheaper than buying a new rifle. I handload and quasi-adjust my own headspace in the process anyways, but so far I am stumped. Any help would be appreciated.
  2. Freedomv

    Freedomv Member

    Jan 4, 2004
    Sir, The only way to obtain a new bolt for your rifle would be to send it back to the factory. I am sure that they will treat you well. At least they treated a friend of mine very well when he "bubbaed" his .223 model 700 bolt. (sanded the locking lugs to true them up, didn't work!!!)
    New bolt etc free to promote customer relations etc. He was very fortunate.

  3. MCMXI

    MCMXI Member

    Jul 1, 2008
    NW Montana
    MTMilitiaman, I found these guys a few months ago when I was looking for shotgun chamber and forcing cone reaming tools. They have some REALLY nice Remington parts and I'm sure they can help you out with a left handed, long action bolt. You can even get fluting if you want. I called them up to ask some questions and they were very helpful.


  4. ants

    ants Member

    Nov 24, 2007
    No 'Friendly Local Gunsmith' in your town? After I read 1858's post, I was reminded of one local guy (tiny little shop way off the highway) who welds up those modified bolts and remachines them to spec. You get your bolt back like new. Call those Pacific Tool craftsmen and check your local shop, too.
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