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Installing the KRG bolt lift

Posted on February 23, 2015 by Rusty | 0 comments

Installing the KRG bolt lift

This is another occasion that we have sourced a product due to it's uniqueness and usability.

I have been thinking for some time about installing an enlarged (or tactical) bolt knob to my HS HTR didn't like the idea of modifying it without the ability to return it to stock standard. So along came the KRG bolt lift which suggested that it would fit a Remington bolt, it wasn't quite the same as mine but I thought we could give it a go!

Now, the bolt knob on the HS has a round end (similar to most standard rifles) and is not the oval shape which the Remingtons tend to be. So the first thing was to see if it could be fitted just with the supplied rubber rings and without modifying the unit itself. It fitted but would rotate when used. It probably rotated due to not being the (oval) shape which would have allowed the KRG bolt lift to clamp against it and wedge it into place.

So I improvised and went towards the semi-permanent  fitting option which meant it needed to be epoxied together. It remains semi-permanent due to the fact that shoe polish was used as a release agent prior to using the epoxy. If you are using this method, instructions are supplied but please keep testing it by dry fitting prior to using the epoxy

Make sure you protect the area and the parts of the bolt that don't need to be accessed......just in case you get it everywhere! It was easy enough to do, and with the help of some acetone I was able to clean up any excess that spilled out and around the top of the bolt lift. 

I'm more into functionality than looks but this was an awesome addition! It took all of 15 minutes and cost all of $45 for the part and the epoxy, worth every cent!!

Soooooooo..............I had an epiphany.

Would it work on a Steyr SBS pro hunter spoon bolt? I have disliked the spoon bolt handle since I purchased the rifle from new, I have relatively large hands and I find it uncomfortable to grasp it properly when trying to quickly chamber a round. It's the only thing I haven't liked about the rifle, otherwise it's a great shooter

For this one I used the KRG SV bolt lift which is the slightly smaller version, used more so for the appearance rather than the smaller sizing. It looked to blend in really well with the rifle itself. The end result was just as good, if not better than the HS!

It took some grinding and fiddling but it was worth the extra 15 minutes of pain grinding out the inside of the unit to suit the spoon bolt handle. I followed the same process and used a release agent (just in case it didn't end well) and epoxied the unit together and wallah!! A Steyr SBS pro hunter with an over-sized bolt knob on a spoon handled bolt!!

 

So the verdict for the HS HTR, extremely happy, functions well and looks terrific.

Verdict for the Steyr pro hunter bolt lift fitment, fantastic, awesome, oh my god I should have done it ages ago!!

Both KRG bolt lifts are available in store for under $40 and are worth every penny in my humble opinion

 

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Kydex cheek rest installed onto an smle no4 mk1

Posted on October 14, 2014 by Rusty | 0 comments

I have been asked how we came about some of the stock items in the shop as they aren't the run of the mill. Basically if we find a product that works and makes life easier we try and stock that item to make it more accessible for others.

In this instance, I modified a standard rifle and the chase began to get it back to a more user friendly combination that worked well and was repeatable without issue. As I'm sure every-one has done at some time, I did a small modification to my stock standard smle no4 mk1 thinking I was doing the right thing and then came across some issues along the way that just snowballed.

It started when I first fitted the non gunsmith scope mount to fit a rifle scope so I could do some load development for the rifle. Looked around and found a good mount, removed the sights and fitted the mount, scope and rings and wallah.......another problem. There was no way of getting a successful cheek weld on the existing stock, but I thought I had it covered by installing a removable cheek rest. Well It lasted for all of 10 shots and then it was back to me trying to adjust it back so it was usable again.......frustrating to say the least.

So I invested in one of the Kydex adjustable Cheek rests  (right hand standard) and went about installing it and took some pictures along the way.

Please forgive the hideous blanket but I was more concerned in protecting the rifle from any damage and not making a fashion statement...........we digress

smle ready for cheek rest fitting 

After purchasing the cheek rest I used a spare no4 stock to fit it too so I could always return the rifle back to its original configuration. I also utilised a shotgun recoil pad so I could address the recoil issue as well while we were at it...........I was modifying the stock anyway so why not!! Once I had fitted the recoil pad first I then had to restain it (the wrong colour I know) as I had to shave quite a bit of the thickness off the stock for it to fit.


Marking the butt stock

Once I had the rifle stripped, I refitted the new stock and checked that the bolt wasn't going to hit the cheek rest while cycling a round. I then pushed the cheek rest all of the way down onto the top rib of the butt stock and then marked the top of the hole on both faces.

 

I then drilled through from both sides with a small (3mm) drill bit until the two holes met. Once through a did the same with a larger (7mm) drill bit allowing just enough play for the bolt thread to push through the hole. I then did a small countersunk impression to remove the burs and to avoid any potential for splintering when the bolts went through. 

Once the Kydex adjustable Cheek rest was fitted together it worked just as it should. To say I was impressed is an understatement, It's surprising how easy and flexible it allowed the rifle to be. At the range it was all it should have been and then some. It didn't move, twist or slide around and was solid as a rock. When a friend of mine went to shoot it, we were able to tweak the rest a little which suited his facial structure even better. I can honestly say that the only draw back was that the cheek rest needs to be lowered to remove the bolt, but that's a small inconvenience compared to the benefit provided.

Total cost was under a $80 as I had the spare stock already and the recoil pad and cheek rest were purchased as needed.

 

 

I was that please with it that I also fitted one onto my Steyr Pro Hunter (looks sensational) as well as stocking them on the website!! My biggest problem now is not installing them onto all of my rifles 

 

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