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Old 10-03-2008, 12:19 PM
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Default $170 to bend Mauser bolt & drill for scope bases?

Just got a quote from a local shop to bend the bolt handle on a Turkish Mauser. They wanted $90 to bend the bolt handle and $20 per hole to drill & tap for scope bases. It seemed steep but I'm been out of the loop for a while. Is this the going rate?

$170 is 3X what I paid for the rifle.

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Old 10-03-2008, 12:28 PM
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That's the problem with sporterizing military rifles.

People think they can buy these dirt cheap rifles, and then turn around and turn them into hunting rifles or target rifles.

You can do that, and you'll get a great rifle when you're done. But you will have spent a lot of money.

Again I say, remington 700's and savage 110's are excellent quality already-sporterized rifles and inexpensive. All you have to do is add the scope, rings, and base.

Probably for the same money as it would cost to ultimately get a Mauser done up. Maybe even cheaper.
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Just got a quote from a local shop to bend the bolt handle on a Turkish Mauser. They wanted $90 to bend the bolt handle and $20 per hole to drill & tap for scope bases. It seemed steep but I'm been out of the loop for a while. Is this the going rate?

$170 is 3X what I paid for the rifle.
Is yours a 98?

I've got several stripped bolts with bent handles.

Let me know.
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Bdsmchs, I was thinking the same thing about a Savage or Stevens bolt. It would make the Mauser mod cost prohibitive.

Yes, Tankerman, it is a Model 98 in 8X57. Could you PM me how much $ you might want for a bent handle bolt?

Thanks!
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Bdsmchs, I was thinking the same thing about a Savage or Stevens bolt. It would make the Mauser mod cost prohibitive.

Yes, Tankerman, it is a Model 98 in 8X57. Could you PM me how much $ you might want for a bent handle bolt?

Thanks!
Just PM me your address and I'll send you one, no charge.

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I sent the bolt out in a bubble wrap envelope 1st class mail this morning. Enjoy.

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don't spend that kind of money on a Turkish if you plan of shooting it a lot. They have a pretty bad rep for being soft and stretching under a lot of use. You might also want to talk to a welding shop about having it simply cut off and welded back on at an angle, or replaced with a premade/shaped handle.
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don't spend that kind of money on a Turkish if you plan of shooting it a lot. They have a pretty bad rep for being soft and stretching under a lot of use. You might also want to talk to a welding shop about having it simply cut off and welded back on at an angle, or replaced with a premade/shaped handle.
Which ones, there are millions of Turkish Mausers, made in all sorts of places, years models. That's a pretty broad assertion you are making, I doubt you could back those claims up with more than a few 'internet stories'. Almost all military rifles have runs of problem guns. Most last ditch Mausers have horrible tooling marks and some suspect steel, but those guns are not turks.
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FWIW - The receiver on my Turkish Mauser is marked "GEW98".
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Default Bolt bending

$90 is awfully high to bend a bolt on an inexpensive gun.

J&G sells a kit here to do it for $15:
http://www.jgsales.com/product_info.php/products_id/440

Also, if you want to save $, consider epoxying the scope mounts in place. It is a bit less pretty than a nicely drilled and tapped setup, but its free, and if it doesn't work to your satisfaction, then bring it for drilling/tapping.
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It depends on how good you want it to look, and how good a job the smith does.

This is one of my Swedes. It had a straight bolt. My smith drilled the receiver for 4 screws, installed the base, reworked the bolt so it's bent and swept back. You can't tell it was ever straight. It's seamless, no grind marks. Highly polished.

$200. IMO, money well spent.





Same bolt, but with a different knob. ETA: All the other holes you see are from different iron sights it used to have mounted.

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If the free offer doesn't pan out, might want to contact LOSOK Custom Arms. Mark is a mauser specialist and might be able to work something out. The stuff that guy makes is frickin cool.
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$90 is about an hour and a half labor -- $20 per hole is about 20 minutes labor -- One broken tap and all the profit goes out the window -- The fun of milsurps is doing the job yourself, otherwise buy a ready to wear remington -- Gunwork, like restoring old cars or motorcycles, it is always cheaper to buy after the work has been done -- my ha-penny
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