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Old April 18th, 2017, 04:32 PM   #16
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I've got the older Savage 10FP, and with my scope setup I'm wondering if a larger handle would clear the scope. Also I've seen a bolt-on tactical handle that's two halves that just goes over your existing one without modifications, don't know how well they work or if they still make them...
Magpul sells a polymer one similar to what you describe. It requires drilling a hole through the existing bolt knob for a screw.

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Old April 18th, 2017, 04:35 PM   #17
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My ocular lens on my Zeiss is pretty big. I've wished I'd have had a longer bolt handle when I cycle the action on my Savage. I can't just grab the bolt handle and work it. I've got to open my hand, palm up, to reach the top of the bolt rotation and keep my fingers out of the way when I push the bolt forward.

I will eventually have a longer/larger bolt handle when the time comes. If having the tactical bolt handle means I can grab the bolt and pull/push without having to be conscious about keeping my fingers clear, then I see the value of longer/larger bolt handles. I buy bear tags when I go deer hunting and I don't want to have too many things to think about if I'm stalking through the thicket where the bears are most likely hanging out.

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Take a look at Brownells website. They at least used to offer a slightly extended Savage bolt handle with a marginally larger knob. That might be just the ticket for your purpose.

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Old April 19th, 2017, 04:51 AM   #18
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Here's my Tactical (Cabela's version of the FP) and a generic Bushnell hunting scope...



It's close...
Thanks! After some quick checking, changing out the bolt handle seems to be an easy matter if your handy, at least on the Savage. Here's a couple factory replacements and one just like yours, they fit all models :

https://www.midwayusa.com/s?userSear...temsPerPage=48

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Old April 19th, 2017, 06:25 AM   #19
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Thanks! After some quick checking, changing out the bolt handle seems to be an easy matter if your handy, at least on the Savage. Here's a couple factory replacements and one just like yours, they fit all models :

https://www.midwayusa.com/s?userSear...temsPerPage=48
That's the nice thing about the Savage... it's actually quite easy to work on. Now if they could do something about the price of their magazines...

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Old April 20th, 2017, 10:43 PM   #20
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I would not add any more leverage to a stock Remington bolt handle because they are only soldered on the bolt body or at least they used to be, it was not uncommon for a 700 bolt handle to come off.
I would use a new PTG 1 piece bolt and do it right, its not cheap but Cry once as they say!

http://pacifictoolandgauge.com/105-r...-1-piece-bolts

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Old April 21st, 2017, 03:50 AM   #21
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For long range prone slow fire match style shooting reason folks like the so called "tactical" bolt handle is that the std. handle is short enough that it requires more effort to open the bolt and by doing so can take you out of that ever important position you have worked on so hard to develop, you "built" as they say the correct position for you and your particular rifle. No easy to do, but keeping the butt of the rifle into your shoulder from shot to shot is important for performance purposes and if the bolt opening offers stout resistance and you take the rifle down as they say for each shot, it's like having to rebuild your position such as grip pressure, cheek weld, sling tension, sight picture, etc., etc. for each shot and that is a real detriment to accurate shooting at extended ranges especially at a match such as Palma which is 8,9 and 1000yds. I had one of the first Savage so called match rifles and rifle shot fine, but that effort to open the bolt took lots of effort and factory had many complaints about it for required you to take the rifle down each shot, but their longer bolt handle helped solve that problem, offered more leverage so to speak. Been shooting Rem. 700's for some years and have heard of the bolt handle coming off and also that the extractor is weak and breaks, but have never experienced that or seen same over a period of more than 100 rifle matches over the years. Will say a shooter at a Palma match who frankly did not know what he was doing and used loads way hotter than necessary could not get his 700 bolt to open and used a hammer to beat it open and yes, the bolt handle came off, but I would consider that extreme situation just as the shooter was extreme. We took the rifle to Douglas and they had to remove the barrel and get the bolt body removed for it had nearly welded itself to the breech. I always made sure that I was not next to him during a match for fear of flying parts.

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I have the large Badger tac handle on my 700 PSS, it's a bit large and in hindsight I wish I had gone with Badger's smaller tac handle.

I will recommend the smith I used for the swap, he charged me $125 and I sent him my bolt and the knob, very fast turn-around and excellent job, didn't ruin the bluing. He's in Los Angles, PM me if you want his contact info..

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Thanks for the replies. I am going to weigh my options before changing the handle out.
Who knows the knob might just work fine. I guess I should not change it prior to shooting it for the first time, right?

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Old April 21st, 2017, 10:02 PM   #24
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I definitely believe that changes should be made to improve a rifle....not just because everyone else seems to be doing it.

I had a Badger Tactical bolt knob installed on one of my Remington 700s with a relatively large scope, and am very satisfied with it. I put this bolt into my other precision 700 (with a 4-16 Viper PST) , ran the bolt a few times, and immediately ordered another one. I seriously considered going with their mini knob, but the large one is in no way too large.

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They do great work, it is a lot easier to manipulate the bolt with the extra size. Personal opinion, of course. They also repair the weak section of the Remington bold during the installation,



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Well it's black so I guess it's tactical.
Just posting this to show there's more than one way to skin a cat.




When I started shooting High Power matches I wanted to get a more reliable grip on the bolt. Went to the auto parts store and got a tube of RTV, just to see if a bigger knob would help. After using this in all different conditions I ended up using this on all my competition bolt guns.
After years and thousands of rounds I have no regrets. I know it's ugly as all get out, but I'm OK with it. If I ever get tired of it a sharp edge and a little pull and its gone.
To qualify for the installation; can you get toothpaste out of a tube?

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Old May 4th, 2017, 09:16 PM   #27
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You could always do like I did on my "Junkyard Dog" Tactical Mauser.
Just get your self a 3/8-24 stainless bolt cut the head off, turn a knob from aluminum and TIG weld it to your bolt.
Its a VZ-24 action that has a old British Parker Hale M82 heavy barrel [7.62N] on it, Fully free floated and Pillar bedded, It shoots a lot better then one would think.

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