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How to chuck a bolt to be refaced?

Discussion in 'Gunsmithing and Repairs' started by JesseL, Jul 12, 2006.

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  1. JesseL

    JesseL Member

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    And don't say just wind up and throw it :rolleyes:

    I'm trying to figure out how you're supposed to get a bolt chucked in a lathe to be refaced or have the bolt face enlarged. Seems like the handle being in the way presents a major obstacle. The only think I can think of is to make a mandrel that would fit down the center of the bolt and spin it while most of the bolt is spuportted by a steady rest. How do the professional gunsmiths handle this?
     
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    Usually, if the bolt is being refaced you're going to be replacing the bolt handle.

    If not, what kind of bolt is it - I'm guessing not a MN or SMLE, since those can be disassembled.
     
  4. JesseL

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    It's an '03 Sprinfield bolt. The handle has already been bent for scope clearance. I need to open it up to magnum dimensions.

    As an alternative to using the lathe I considered using the rotary table on the milling machine to do the cut. Bad idea?
     
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    steady rest
     
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    Steady rest, dial indicator and 4 jaw chuck.... plus patience. Using a center in the tailstock lined up with the firing pin hole will help get you started to dialing it in.
     
  7. JesseL

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    Did it!

    Thanks for all the help.
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    Next question, how do you usually enlarge the space where the cartridge slides up the bolt face and into position?
     

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    JesseL can you put knurlers on that steady rest and get custom jewling at the same time ??? ( i know i am bad ) and btw thanks for the pics
     
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