Sako/M16 extractor question

Discussion in 'Gunsmithing' started by kfrye, Mar 22, 2013.

  1. kfrye

    kfrye Well-Known Member

    Jan 17, 2006
    Once a bolt has had a Sako extractor installed on a M700 bolt, is it possible to fit a M16 style extractor in its place by expanding on the existing machining in the bolt body?
  2. specweldtom

    specweldtom Well-Known Member

    Jun 7, 2004
    I've never overlayed a M-16 extractor over the cut for a Sako, so I don't know for sure. I think the pocket for the Sako lug is milled all the way through to the firing pin hole, and the hole for the plunger/spring that retains the Sako extractor is drilled about a half inch deep along the axis of the bolt. It might be possible, but it seems like there would be a lot of extra holes left over from the Sako extractor cut.

    I would simply lay a M-16 extractor on top of the Sako cut, and see if it might work.

    Maybe Shortgrass will see your thread and reply.


  3. Willys46

    Willys46 Well-Known Member

    Oct 4, 2006
    Yes it can be done. The M16 is the same size width wise but just twice as long. I had mine switched with no issue.