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Old 08-17-2017, 11:38 AM
Foot543 Foot543 is offline
 
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Default Demilled Bolt

Can a demilled Garand bolt be brought back to life. Specifically if only the front firing pin hole was closed?
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Old 08-17-2017, 12:04 PM
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Without knowing what all was done to the bolt when it was welded I would say no. My guess is when the army welded them up they didn't care too much about pre heating the bolt and that would cause the bolt to become very brittle. So unless you have a very rare bolt I'd buy a new one. Plenty of them still available.
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Old 08-17-2017, 12:10 PM
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Bolts can be found pretty easily, unless its a rare bolt I wouldn't risk it
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Old 08-17-2017, 12:42 PM
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I retract my foolish thought.
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Old 08-17-2017, 01:06 PM
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Not a foolish thought. It can be done, but it isn't always easy or even possible, and generally not worth it. Now with M14 bolts priced over $200, the demilled ones sold a while ago for peanuts, it was worth it.... Of course, the purists are appalled, as always. Good Shooting. ...
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Old 08-17-2017, 06:21 PM
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I retract my foolish thought.
Not a foolish thought but in almost all of them I have seen except for the ones where the AF welded the bolt to the receiver/barrel, the entire lip and edge that holds the round is completely ground off leaving that area flat. The AF one I have in my hand had all of the lip itself removed as did the extractor before they welded them in. So these bolts are normally way beyond being able to be reused. Except as a paperweight.
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Old 08-17-2017, 07:11 PM
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can a demilled garand bolt be brought back to life. Specifically if only the front firing pin hole was closed?
there have been pros and cons on restoring demiled bolts.
There have been thousands restored. I have a several buddies who restored garand bolts with lightly welded firing pin hole. All have worked without a problem.
Lightly welding firing pin hole causes minimum heat transfer.
Would not be overly concerned doing this restoration
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Old 08-18-2017, 06:45 AM
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I have a friend who can re heat treat the bolt would that be needed?
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