Plugged Hole in Remington 700 Bolt Body

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  1. ilscungilli

    ilscungilli Well-Known Member

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    I just noticed that on my 700 bolt body, about 3/8" back from the locking lugs, there appears to be a "filled hole", about 6/32 in diameter. Is this from the manufacturing process? This is for a stainless steel magnum bolt if that makes any difference. I haven't noticed this on any other bolts so I'm kind of curious where this comes from!

    My theory is that since the bolt head and body are made from two different metals, this is some kind of pin to hold them together.
     
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  2. J E Custom

    J E Custom Well-Known Member

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    Sounds like someone drilled the scope base holes larger and drilled into the bolt.

    Measure from the action lug back to the back scope base screw and see if it is the same
    distance on the bolt.

    If they drilled the screw out with the bolt in place they could have drilled into the bolt by
    mistake.

    If you can post a picture.

    J E CUSTOM
     

  3. ilscungilli

    ilscungilli Well-Known Member

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    Here is a photo of the bolt, you can see the circle I am referring to. The only work I had done was to have the body fluted, and the scope mounts are factory. I saw a picture of another stainless bolt, and could make out the same sort of ring, so I suspect its part of the manufacturing process (though I could certainly be wrong about that).

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  4. J E Custom

    J E Custom Well-Known Member

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    I think you are right.

    It would not line up with the mounting screws.

    There is a hole between the lugs that is for a gas relief if a primer blows but
    it should not be plugged.

    The reason I though it was mistake was because I have seen people drill holes in the worst places
    trying to fix something.

    J E CUSTOM
     
  5. Coyboy

    Coyboy Well-Known Member

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    yes thats normal the bolt head is silver soldiered to the bolt body, seems I remember years ago that there was a story of a poorly soldiered joint letting lose and the lugs didn't turn into the abutmennts. Guns bolt came out to the rear, handle was broke off and took most of the rearward thrust.

    I would imagine the pin or buttom came to be after the design team came up with a way to prevent that in the future, being that it goes thru the body and bolt head.
     
  6. alf

    alf Well-Known Member

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    The mark is from the clamp used when it was fluted.
     
  7. shortgrass

    shortgrass Well-Known Member

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    Hummmmm, how could you clamp for fluting, at the bottom of a flute?
     
  8. alf

    alf Well-Known Member

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    Sorry, to be honest I was looking at the mark on the blued portion and totally missed the obvious.
     
  9. shortgrass

    shortgrass Well-Known Member

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    The mark on the locking lug was made by the Rockwell tester when hardness was checked. It's on every Rem. bolt.