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Old 05-13-2003, 02:39 AM
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Re: **Reloading Safety Reminder**

Tim,
After thinking about it, I knew mine had a hole in it somewhere up there, and sure enough it was in the same place as on the left bolt of yours there.

My 721 and all my 700's have one there.

Question; Did your smith "maybe" forget to drill the holes where you asked him and you spotted that one thinking he put it in the wrong place?

I'm wondering why there is two holes in one of them and only one in the other, seems like he would have done them the same way if he did them both. [img]images/icons/confused.gif[/img]
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Old 05-13-2003, 07:00 AM
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Re: **Reloading Safety Reminder**

...and, in addition to Brent's, what's your opinion on a second hole being drilled? that way theres one going in to the mag well and one in front of the lug abutments. safer yet, or not needed?
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Old 05-13-2003, 10:16 AM
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Re: **Reloading Safety Reminder**

The M70 bolt on the right, came like that from the factory. But there was no hole in the Rem 700 bolt until I took it to the Smith and ask him to drill one for me.

When I went to work the morning after burning my face and explained the marks to a dozen or more co workers, one of them asked me if I had a vented bolt? I wasn't sure what he was talking about so the next morning, I brought in my bolt, and he brought in one of his. He had the two holes, and that is what I had hoped for, but must not have explained well to the smith. ( There may be some reason I'm not aware of why you shouldn't drill two holes in a Remington bolt )

The single hole works well, but I still get a little blow back at the end of the bolt. I've pierced primers with the M70 bolt, and didn't know it until seeing the ejected brass.
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Old 05-13-2003, 03:21 PM
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Re: **Reloading Safety Reminder**

Tim,
Was your coworkers bolt a Remington with two holes, or a Winchester? My sons Winchester has two vents like your too.

I think the number of holes behind the bolt head and locking lugs probably don't matter to strength or function at all... unless you got real carried away it might affect function, all the strength is in the bolt head itself, the body is just a carrier.

I also think that another hole or two that vented down the front of the mag well would relieve alot of pressure coming out of the forward hole, the one that puts crap back in your face. The forward hole would definately save the bottom metal from blowing off in a real serious over pressure situation, but hey, it's your face or the stock and bottom metal! You choose.

When my M14 blew up, it was "real" ugly in the mag area, that was a full casehead and lower bolthead failure though. You could stick your finger through the hole in the case at the bottom rear of it, that blew the bottom of the bolt off and down through the loaded mag, splitting the stock front AND rear, top and bottom, bending the op rod, barrel and cracking the inside of action... Lucky it vented DOWN! Springfield Armory replaced the whole barreled action for $600 too, after they magnafluxed the action and found hailine fractures in it.

I did have problems with the vent hole on a Rem 700 in 300WM, it needed to be chamfered, as it would catch on the cartridge belt and stop the bolt of the top round with all the pressure it had against it, this only happened whan the mag was full and you opened the bolt to try and chamber the top round. Chamfering the hole real good was all it needed though.
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