Remington 514 Broken bolt

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  1. county906

    county906 Member

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    I was out at the range the other day with my 514 and upon firing and pulling the bolt back, the bolt handle escaped the clutches of the bolt and with its new found freedom refuses to go home...:)

    This rifle was given to me by my father and has been in our family for a long time. how can I fix this or where can I find a new bolt assembly.

    Thanks in advance

    I tried to post a pic but for some reason it won't let me. When I figure it out I will add the pic- Apparently something with Firefox browser wouldn't open the attatchment window

    -Rich
     

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  2. Big Az Al

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    IN looking at a break down schematic, and then drawing on a lifetime of firearms repair, this handle was either threaded into the bolt body and then swedged solid or pressed in and swedged. When you look at the end of the bolt handle that was in side the bolt, is it threaded or just a plain round, then Does very end of it have aspirice or star shaped or sereis lines? These will be the marks of swedging.

    When they come out of the body like you describe, sometimes you detail strip the bolt and be able to reswedge the handle.

    You also see quite a few that have been tac welded back in place. A lot of these will look like back yard _______ jobs. A good smith will make it hard to see the weld.

    Care must be taken, the square at the base of the handle is the locking lug, if it is loose or like quite a few attached to the bolt handle, your rifle is not safe to shoot until properly repaired!
     
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    I see your pics after my reply

    It snapped off, that is better then some I have seen, but it depends on how the bolt was first assembled as to how to approach the repair.
     
  4. county906

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    Big Al,
    thanks for the reply. this rifle has been out of service since the mishap. Looking at the inside of the bolt, it is round with star shape around it. I see no threads. I do not want to half a** it together. I would rather replace the whole bolt assembly versus welding the bolt handle back on. I have found a couple parts houses that list the assembly but they always seem to be out of stock.

    thanks again
     
  5. Jim K

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    You shouldn't have to weld the handle back on, it is a simple drive fit. You can soft solder it without requiring a lot of heat, or use one of the new super glues.

    Jim
     
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    Re-looking at the pics, it does appear that the bolt handle broke off; it is more common to have them pull out, which is what I thought at first happened.

    If it is impossible to buy a new bolt, there are several methods of fixing the gun. One way would be to weld the handle back on, but make sure you have a good heat sink on the bolt as that bolt root is also the locking lug. Another way would be to drill out both parts and weld or silver solder in a piece of drill rod to hold the parts together. I would have to see the gun to determine what approach to use, though.

    Jim
     
  8. county906

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    Jeff, thanks for the web address, it is one of the sites I found when searching the web they have been out of stock for 3 months.

    Jim, I suppose I need to find a local smith to take a look at it and see what he thinks.

    Thanks all for the input. Its been helpful
     
  9. U.S.SFC_RET

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    Brazing is a good way to put metal back together if done right but I really don't know if that's to be done. A good gas mig can do the job by tack welding medium spots al the way around the bolt slowly, continue until the bolt is fully welded follow with grinding down and filing for finish.
     
  10. 351 WINCHESTER

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    Ebay has your bolt

    Case u don't get my pm, go to ebay and look under "winchester gun parts". There you will find your bolt for the remington 514.

    Good luck
     
  11. ralfus

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    County906, give these guys a call:
    Outback Guns
    2110 McLean Avenue
    New Albany , IN 47150
    ph 812-945-0480

    Another option is to buy one of the generic $4 22 bolt handles from Numrich. Drill out the stump and tap it for the replacement handle and loctite it in.
     
  12. Z71

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    Just get somebody to silver solder it back on. Same basic procedure as brazing, only using a high silver content solder. Don't use the low percentage silver silver soldier, not nearly as strong. Silver solder is what gunmakers and gunsmiths use to attach front sights and such parts you don't want falling off, but need to be machined separate. Silver soldier also won't show when the part is polished back to remove the heat discoloration from repair. Brazing will show as brass.

    Not terribly hard to silver solder. A bit of practice with scrap steel and you could probably do it yourself with a good hot burning propane torch. Torch needs to be able to heat the parts red hot or close to red hot. A gunsmith could do that task in just short amount of time, maybe an hour or so

    Get the handle where it will slip into it's hole in the bolt. Check for proper location. Heat and tin the parts, stick them together under heat. Make sure handle is all the way on and pointed right. Polish off the heat discoloration. Put the bolt toether and back in the rifle. Won't likely come off ever again.
     
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