Bolt-handle bending, or cutting-off and replacing the bolt-handle at a different angle, is a job often desired on military and other rifles but this is a job that must be carefully done if the working parts of the bolt are to be properly protected from the heat.
In bending a bolt-handle to a different angle, all removable parts are stripped from the bolt and its interior is filled with a long, narrow strip of cloth, packed into place with a rod or narrow-bladed screwdriver. This cloth is now thoroughly saturated with water. The bolt is placed in a heavy vise, after the jaws are covered with copper to prevent marring, then more cloth is placed over the rear of the bolt and pressed into the open end upon the strip that was previously packed in there. Water is kept running over this cloth while the handle is being heated.
Heat the bolt-handle, at the point at which it is to be bent, with a narrow flame from the acetylene torch and heat it as quickly as possible, for the longer the time it is heated the farther that heat will run. Have a narrow-jawed wrench ready to be tightened on the bolt-handle at a point beyond the heated portion, or use a piece of heavy steel with a notch cut out of it to fit the bolt-handle closely and, as soon as the handle is hot enough, bend it to the position you wish. Keep the water running over the cloths after the bending
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