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Bob's Rifles, or Sporterizing some Turks - 7

 

 Bob's rifles will receive a coat of Brownells baking lacquer. The receivers and barrels were rust pitted and a lot of work would have been requires to do a good hot bluing job. I didn't want to spray paint the bolt stop as one unit, so I disassembled the stop. This is one place most Mauser users never detail clean. The ejector arm can be pulled out of the stop with your fingers, but the spring must be driven out.

With the stop LOOSELY held, (it's really held by the stop prongs lying on the leftmost vise jaw) drive the spring down.

After the spring mover about 1/8-inch it will look like this, with the spring sprung, and no longer available to the punch.

At this point you may work a small pry into the end and work the spring out.

See what I mean? Lots of crud. After cleaning the spring and box, the spring was polished and the box was blasted, sprayed and baked. Now the stop can be reassembled.

The spring, nicely polished, is pressed into the box using padded vise jaws. As the spring reaches the far end, a little help may be required. This is done by turning the box over from the position shown and pressing down on the end of the spring as the vise is closed.

 

On one of the stops I ground the thumb ridge off and replaced it with a knurled piece to provide a non-slip surface. The knurling was done by hand to a piece of soft steel scrap. The scrap was soft soldered to the box. Don't plan on soft soldering if you intend to "hot blue" the rifle!

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