August 29, 2011
Question: I am working on a Mauser rifle and want to bend the bolt handle. Right now it sticks straight out to the right. Can I bend the handle without using any heat? I don't have a welding outfit and it would be a lot easier if I could just do it myself.
Answer: If you try to bend the bolt handle cold, it will probably break or crack. I would strongly encourage you to take the bolt to a gunsmith so the handle shank can be heated and bent safely. Also, youÃll want to make sure there is no heat damage to the locking lugs or the cammning surface of the bolt body when heat is applied to the bolt handle.