This will be tutorial for a DIY bent bolt handle for a mosin nagant rifle. It should also work for pretty much any other rifle of similar design. The cost of a bent bolt service ranges anywhere from a $30 epoxy job to a $60 weld and polish. This job will cost you a grand total of $0.62 providing you already have the tools required. The job consists of cuting off the old bolt handle and creating a new handle from a 5/16" bolt. It is then soldered into the bolt body with ordinary solder. Silver solder is prefered as it is stronger and welding it in is best. I could not find silver solder locally and I dont have access to a welder so I used ordinary solder. It seems plenty strong enough for the job. I have done several with no problems. I tried breaking one with no luck. The only reason that it might break if the job is done properly is if it is beat with a hammer repeatedly. It should last the life of the rifle. Anyways lets get started
2. Drill press and a 5/16" bit for metal (hand drill can be used if your careful)
4. An assortment of files
5. A pair of vise grips or a small pipe with an inside diameter of 5/16" or slightly larger
6. Propane torch
7. Bench Grinder (not required but it helps)
1. 5/16" grade 8 bolt about 6" long with a smooth shank.
3. Fresh tank of propane
Step 1. Remove bolt from rifle and disassemble it. Set all parts aside except for the handle itself.
Step 2. Mount bolt handle in vise and use your hacksaw to cut the handle from the body. I used a scrap block of wood to brace the bolt to make for easier cutting. Then cut the ball from whats left of the handle using the same process.