Re: Problems with Lawton actions?
We learned that after waiting two years to get our rifles, Lawton had a run of bad welding of the bolt handles. My friends bolt handle came off while he chambered his first round. We used another gunsmith ( I can not find his name but have his phone) to replace the bolt handle at 701-794-3276. This gunsmith replaced my bolt handle and my friends with a weld covering a greater surface area. He also replaced the wacked out Lawton Machine bolt handle with a straight SSG style handle for me that should have been on my rifle in the first place.
I complained to Lawton about the bolt and sent it back and they bent it in another direction and down, that it was impractical to use with gloves. I have had better customer service at McDonalds. Check your bedding too, they did not use a release on mine and it had ripples and
had to get redone too. Lawton Machine's shop manager wrote me a hand written letter apologizing for the problems. When I finally went to zero my gun before my hunting trip, I discovered that the ammo would not feed from the AI magazine, out of the badger bottom metal into the chamber.
They never ramped the bottom metal and the receiver. Savage factory hunting rifles compared to Lawton Machine have ramped receivers, bolt handles that can be operated with the palm of your hand, and can feed ammo too!
If we could do it again we would use Surgeon Actions and another gunsmith.