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Old April 17th, 2017, 07:57 PM   #1
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Tactical Bolt handles

Have any of you guys ever had your bolt changed over to handle a tactical bolt handle? I was thinking of doing this to the new Remington 700 5R I just bought. I have larger bolt handles on my Savage and Ruger Precision Rifles, and kind of like it. What say you, before I go out and do it. Open to opinions.

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Old April 17th, 2017, 08:10 PM   #2
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Back when I was shooting High Power I purchased a Remington 40XC. I wasn't able to master the 40XC after a few matches. I traded rifles with a friend for a few matches. He had a Winchester Model 70 and it was much easier for me to shoot. He was able to shoot the 40XC very well. I always thought I would be able to shoot the 40XC if it had a longer bolt handle.

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Old April 17th, 2017, 08:10 PM   #3
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This is a personal option in my opinion. The only thing I don't like about them is carrying them. They hang/catch on clothing or backpack. If you like them get one installed.

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This is a personal option in my opinion. The only thing I don't like about them is carrying them. They hang/catch on clothing or backpack. If you like them get one installed.
I've never been a serious bolt guy (except for .22's) but I've fired them now and then. I bought my Savage last year and it has the tactical handle on it... it's like grabbing a soup can. Personally, I'd like it better a little smaller and shaped down a bit so it doesn't stick out so much. It may be 'high speed...' but it sure ain't 'low drag.'

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Old April 17th, 2017, 09:38 PM   #5
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I don't have a "tactical"
bolt handle on my FT/R rifle.
However,
I'm single loading slow fire,
so time is not a constraint since we have 20 minutes to get 20 shots fired.

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Old April 17th, 2017, 10:59 PM   #6
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I looked into it when I still had my 700, the way they trim down the old handle to be like a screw to go into the new bigger handle didn't seem very strong at all, it's kinda skinny. If you run it like you stole it I'd fear it might break off, remembering how thin the part that screws onto the new bolt head really is. I haven't actually heard of one breaking off but there is no way it is as strong as it was. I could be wrong and it wouldn't be the end of the world, just a thought. I was going to buy an aftermarket bolt that the big head was part of the arm like the original.
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Old April 17th, 2017, 11:47 PM   #7
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I have mixed feelings about them. As some have noted, most tacticool handles are quite large - maybe even too large. Today there are a wide variety of shapes and sizes available, though, so you should be able to find one that you like. Next is the Remington bolt handle itself; it's a (poor quality) casting, as many gunsmiths have discovered when modifying the bolt for the new knob. They sometimes have voids in them, which makes some of them unsuitable for threading. What do you do once the gunsmith has already removed the factory knob and discovers that he can't use the handle because of voids? Two choices - weld a new bolt handle on, or replace the entire bolt. Maybe this isn't all that commonly encountered, but it's certainly a possibility.

I've got tactical knobs on a couple of Remingtons, and I'm not certain that I'd do any more.

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Old April 18th, 2017, 01:32 AM   #8
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If you have Facebook check out The Polished Knob. This guy makes some beautiful bolt lifts and also fluting of the bolt body

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Old April 18th, 2017, 03:50 AM   #9
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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...

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Old April 18th, 2017, 03:58 AM   #10
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I put a Badger handle on my LTR, and love it. Hard to explain but the handle does help when you work the bolt. I did it myself and it came out good. If you are not handy, or already have the tools, you can have Badger do it.

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Old April 18th, 2017, 04:55 AM   #11
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Brownells and others offer for sale a bolt handle extension for the 700 which is polymer and in different colors. Two halves which are held together by machine screw, bought one installed it and takes couple minutes and good to go. Fits over the factory bolt handle and can be epoxied on for permanent or left with just the screw fastener for later removal if desired.

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I thought about doing it for my 700 but decided against. It doesn't make you shoot any better, and it doesn't make the rifle any more accurate. It's just for looks. I wonder why they called it tactical?

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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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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...
Here's my Tactical (Cabela's version of the FP) and a generic Bushnell hunting scope...



It's close...

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The polished knob
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