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Topic: LARGE bolt handles???
Posted By: BEAR
Subject: LARGE bolt handles???
Date Posted: 13 February 2017 at 05:11
n't figure why anyone wants those large oversized bolt

Anyone have one?   Not on a SWAT team, so I don't see a
reason, just downsides. Like, scope clearance and case
wear. Plus lots of folks complain about long barrels and
brush.....seems that bolt would catch on eveny thing in a
hunting situation.

Maybe it is just Tacti-cool?

Posted By: deaddog
Date Posted: 13 February 2017 at 06:12

I have one on the "Kingpin Special". Installed as part of his artistic
license on the project.

I see two advantages:

1) The back sides of your fingers can raise the bolt and in practice it
would be quicker than using your palm to lift the bolt.

2)The extra weight adds to the rearward mass and momentum helping
extract the case.

Does a 5.56 need this extra momentum to the rear- no. It starts helping
on the 30-06 based cartridges and larger in my opinion.

Are the extra weight and protrusion worth the milliseconds you gain in
speed in a hunting situation? Probably not 97% of the time.

If you are prone off a bi-pod in a SWAT-sniper activity using just your
fingers and wrist to operate the bolt it is a handy piece of kit. Hunting
not so much.


Endeavor to persevere.

Posted By: BEAR
Date Posted: 13 February 2017 at 06:44
saw a guy with one on a bolt action 22 LR sporter. He
also complained about bolt handle/scope clearance???

Posted By: CB900F
Date Posted: 13 February 2017 at 06:46

My take is that it's tacti-cool only, with the exception of
the non-civilians who may actually need any advantage they
can get. But for Joe Civilian, it's pure BaitShop.


Birth certificate!? He don't need no steenkink birth certificate!!

Posted By: deaddog
Date Posted: 13 February 2017 at 07:56
The "real" ones are tapered to help with the scope clearance. The
"fake" ones are just a cylinder shape like on the new .22 tomato stake
gator guns.


Endeavor to persevere.

Posted By: deaddog
Date Posted: 13 February 2017 at 07:59

Endeavor to persevere.

Posted By: RobertMT
Date Posted: 13 February 2017 at 13:39
I have oversized bolt handles, but not swat sized, on few target rifles, these are also 12-17lbs and have 26-30" barrels, they're not walk around hunting rifles. When shooting prone off bipod, you disturb the rifle and shooting grip, less with oversized bolt handle, you run it with thumb, while feeding with fingers, also because of increased length bolt closes easier, with less force.

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Posted By: Irish Bird Dog
Date Posted: 16 February 2017 at 18:06
A reasonably oversized bolt handle may be ok on a varmint
rifle too that is mostly shot off bench or bi-
pods.....similar to the LR guys or bench rest dudes. I have
one on my .204 and it is NOT an issue....the bolt knob on
the one in DD's pic is Ugly!

Irish Bird Dog

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