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Now I am confused. I thought that the big caveat with welded bolts was that the metallurgy may somehow have been altered by the heat from the weld, thus rendering them unsafe? I’m not trying to undermine the sales of these bolts; rather trying to understand why opinion seems to have changed and now they are ok to use. I would like to purchase one as well just for an extra. Somebody please enlighten me. Thanks.
 

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Now I am confused. I thought that the big caveat with welded bolts was that the metallurgy may somehow have been altered by the heat from the weld, thus rendering them unsafe? I’m not trying to undermine the sales of these bolts; rather trying to understand why opinion seems to have changed and now they are ok to use. I would like to purchase one as well just for an extra. Somebody please enlighten me. Thanks.
Very easy to start rumors. Most are started without knowledge of the subject matter.
 

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Now I am confused. I thought that the big caveat with welded bolts was that the metallurgy may somehow have been altered by the heat from the weld, thus rendering them unsafe? I’m not trying to undermine the sales of these bolts; rather trying to understand why opinion seems to have changed and now they are ok to use. I would like to purchase one as well just for an extra. Somebody please enlighten me. Thanks.
Hey Mellowman,
I have researched this until I am blue in the face. There are people that say they are junk because of the welding. I have seen several of these bolts. They range from a small amount of weld (like the ones I have for sell)to a big glob. As an experiment we took one that was junk. We welded it with a wire welder with it in hand. It didn’t get hot enough to drop we held it an ungloved hand.Now I have seen the ones that are globed up May be got too hot. Use your own judgement. If you read the whole thread I tried my best to explain that I have used these bolts for a year or so. I have never read any accounts of a recovered drill bolt failure anywhere. If you research the forum you will find differing opinions. Its really up to you.
 

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There is no need to reinvent the discussion on these bolts. There is already enough discussion material to keep us all busy for years. Here are a few good ones to get you started:

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https://m14forum.com/m14/95622-drill-rifle-bolt-questions.html

https://m14forum.com/m14/109326-welded-bolts.html

http://forums.thecmp.org/showthread.php?t=151407

one more:

https://m14forum.com/m14/138210-bolt-testing-still-progress.html

Read every post including some of my comments and haven't heard one person having a problem even after using these for many years.
I still haven't bunji jumped, but I am going to have fun with these bolts.
 

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Since I have more on the way, I decided to install the SA in one of my goofy rifles. This is a Bula T44 receiver with 17.75" Bula med weight NM barrel that was cut down and crowned.
Replaced a TRW that the rifle had been headspaced for, no adjustments needed.

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This looked like a good place to use my recently engraved RWB op rod.

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Update on bolts. I am out of stock but expected to have more in a couple weeks. I have 3 Winchester’s that were 1thou to long in headspace. By my standards. They headspaced at 1.635 in the gun I been using to measure bolts. All the regular bolts would not close on .308 nogo at 1.634. These 3 would be fine for shooting 7.62 nato of for a project where you were getting a barrel chambered. If any one can use these let me know. Price will be the same. They may be ok in your rifle but fell a little out of my standards. Thanks for all the orders and I’ll let everybody know when I have more. Richard
 

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Read every post including some of my comments and haven't heard one person having a problem even after using these for many years.
I still haven't bunji jumped, but I am going to have fun with these bolts.

Head first is kind of a trip. Highly recommend it, once, assuming you're okay with adrenaline and a spike in blood pressure...

Certainly not as cool as your M14 herd...
 

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Update on bolts. I am out of stock but expected to have more in a couple weeks. I have 3 Winchester’s that were 1thou to long in headspace. By my standards. They headspaced at 1.635 in the gun I been using to measure bolts. All the regular bolts would not close on .308 nogo at 1.634. These 3 would be fine for shooting 7.62 nato of for a project where you were getting a barrel chambered. If any one can use these let me know. Price will be the same. They may be ok in your rifle but fell a little out of my standards. Thanks for all the orders and I’ll let everybody know when I have more. Richard
Might be cool to have around for those who on occasion have a need for a little more room, maybe a chrome-lined barrel, or who are going to finish ream anyway, and can work with it.
 

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These would work great for a short chambered barrel where ya gonna ream chamber,so it doesnt matter what they read in his setup.
 

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Read every post including some of my comments and haven't heard one person having a problem even after using these for many years.
I still haven't bunji jumped, but I am going to have fun with these bolts.
I'd use these. But bunji jump?? I don't think so. I came into this world 'cause of a rubber breakin'

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I'd use these. But bunji jump?? I don't think so. I came into this world 'cause of a rubber breakin'

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Mr.Smith
The bunji jump I was alluding to was a request of my daughter a few years ago. She talked me into jumping from a balloon at a local ski area. We made the reservation and " happily" when the day came the jump was cancelled because of high wind. I met my daughter's challenge and that was all she really wanted. Her complaint was that her mom and I had been going on powered ultralights in Hawaii and she thought doing something as exciting would bring us closer together. We became closer by just agreeing to do it together.
 

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I will take your nicest TRW!
 

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what would a M-14 NOS USGI bolt be worth? I have one that i can't imagine ever needing anymore and really should think about getting rid of it and some other stuff cluttering up my supplies cabinet
 

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what would a M-14 NOS USGI bolt be worth? I have one that i can't imagine ever needing anymore and really should think about getting rid of it and some other stuff cluttering up my supplies cabinet
This is not the place for your question.

Ren
 

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We got 15 or so ready to go. I have a few of all brands and series.
4- SA 2- 85 series and 2- 86 series

2- TRW ZA. Gone

4- HR all 86 series but I have some HR 85 series if you want one.

5-Winchester’s 2- 85 series and 3- 86 series

Let me know what you need. I have been going to the PO 2 times a week while this crap is going on. Thanks Richard
 

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