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Spanish Model 93 Mauser 7x57 7mm Rifle Build Part 4 - Modifying the Bolt Handle

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Original Military Mauser Bolt Handle
The original straight bolt handle wouldn't work for my purposes - I would have to change it.

Bolt in stripped receiver, open (left) and closed. As you can see, the straight bolt handle would never allow for conventional scope mounting, because it would hit the scope. Straight bolt handle also requires a lot of hand movement to open & close bolt.

Photo © Russ Chastain
I'd been working on sporterizing (resurrecting, really) an old rusty Spanish 93 Mauser rifle, and it became quite a task by the time it was complete.

One major step in this gunsmithing project was modifying the bolt handle. The original handle obviously worked for opening and closing the bolt, but it needed to be changed for hunting use. Doing so would make it faster to operate - and allow me to mount a scope on the rifle.

As you can see in the pictures above, the handle stuck straight up when open, which makes it impossible to mount a scope in the conventional location. When closed, the handle sticking out to the side is an aggravation because it hangs up on things, especially when you're going through the woods.

Another factor is that moving your hand on the grasping ball from the open to closed positions really takes quite a bit of movement, as you have to roll it through 90 degrees of a circle. Modifying the bolt would result in more of a slick, short, up-and-down movement to go from open to closed.

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