Originally Posted by dariuszczyszczon
I just got a new savage 116 what is a bolt lift kit i thought has to be done by a gunsmith?
I've found that very little needs to be done to a savage by a gunsmith. A fella decent with his hands can do most of it by himself. That is, unless, you're looking to build a high end paper punching bench type gun. Then send it to Stockade or SSS for a Time and True.
Bolt lift kit can be purchased from stockade or can be made from a 5/16" ball bearing and an empty 357 or 38 case.
Deprime the 357 case. Cut the wall of the case off so all you have is the rimmed head of the case left. Loctite or glue the bearing into the primer pocket.
Next measure the thickness of the rim of the case and add the amount the ball sticks out of the pocket. This is the amount you'll need to trim off of the BAS.
The BAS is the screw that holds the bolt handle on. It can be very tough to get off. I usually put an allen wrench in the screw, put the whole thing on the floor and put 250 pounds on it. It will snap like you broke it, but it just broke loose. Now is also a good time to put a nice tactical bolt handle on it. I prefer SSS, but stockade's are nice too.
Anyway trim the measured amount off the BAS. I use a bench grinder. Nothing special. Just grind it down, trying to keep it even. Drop the lift kit down into the cocking sleeve and screw the BAS back in.
Whala!! you're all done. Bearings cost about $.16 each and I scrounge the cases from the shooting range. Making, measuring, grinding, and installing takes about 15-20 minutes.