savage bolt head trouble

Discussion in 'Gunsmithing' started by mitchell, Mar 14, 2013.

  1. mitchell

    mitchell Well-Known Member

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    Hello gentlemen,


    My issue is I’m trying to build an edge on a savage target action. The action previously was a 6mm br so the bolt face was .473 so not thinking I ordered a magnum bolt head. Turns out it was for a long action and the shaft on the bolt head was roughly ¼ inch longer than the .473 one. So I order one for a WSM and it was .10” longer than the .473 one I tried extending the firing pin out to make but the firing pin falls just short of clearing the hole. So can anybody tell me what bolt head I need or what if anything can be done to use any of the bolt heads I have already? I’m really stuck here and its driving me nuts this is the last thing I have to do and I’ll have my edge up and running.

    Thanks
    Mitch
     
  2. geargrinder

    geargrinder Well-Known Member

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    You need a WSM firing pin assembly. They are longer than the others.

    You also need a new style push feed WSM bolt head. Or, you can shorten the tail of a long action magnum bolt head.

    The older style were CRF and used a standing ejector that your target action does not have.
     

  3. trapperluke

    trapperluke Well-Known Member

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    Just cut the back of the post off to the same lenght as the .473 head. It has to be precise to get the proper firing pin potrusion. I did mine on a lathe.
     
  4. mitchell

    mitchell Well-Known Member

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    thanks for the help, i'll try that