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    Smoothing up a rifle action

    As mentioned on the "bolt lift" thread action polishing deserves it own thread.
    What are some of the steps and what grit of sand paper and polishes are used ?
    This should be a good winter topic.

    Hal

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    Thanks Hal!!

    I agree, good winter thread and one which I look forward to......not because I know much about

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    Well, for what It’s worth here is my one personal experience. When I got my first Bat SV a few years back, it was fairly slick but damned tight…..too tight IMO. Now I was advised to give it a couple hundred rounds to loosen up/ wear in but struck me as not quite enough.
    I pulled the barrel and completely stripped the bolt and lightly coated the bolt body with mid/light grit valve grinding compound staying away from lugs and engagement surfaces and spent a few hours mostly working bolt handle up and down for an ever so slight relief of clearance.
    Hardest part of the whole operation was getting compound residue out of everything, light solvent, cloths, patches, mops required.
    After that, lots of metal polish on bolt body retuned bright, OEM luster and overall the gun ran better. On That action it did not take very much, cleanup was time consuming.
    Just make sure residue doesn’t migrate where it’s not supposed to.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tim View Post
    Well, for what It’s worth here is my one personal experience. When I got my first Bat SV a few years back, it was fairly slick but damned tight…..too tight IMO. Now I was advised to give it a couple hundred rounds to loosen up/ wear in but struck me as not quite enough.
    I pulled the barrel and completely stripped the bolt and lightly coated the bolt body with mid/light grit valve grinding compound staying away from lugs and engagement surfaces and spent a few hours mostly working bolt handle up and down for an ever so slight relief of clearance.
    Hardest part of the whole operation was getting compound residue out of everything, light solvent, cloths, patches, mops required.
    After that, lots of metal polish on bolt body retuned bright, OEM luster and overall the gun ran better. On That action it did not take very much, cleanup was time consuming.
    Just make sure residue doesn’t migrate where it’s not supposed to.
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    Is Permatex Valve Grinding Compound similar or suitable?
    My Bat DS has always been a tight fit. Been using Kroil for a slicker bolt lube. Have to apply every group/target. Tried Flitz when I got it. Like you indicated above.
    I have polished the bolt. That is good for a few matches....

    Tim B.
    Last edited by zippy06; 11-01-2021 at 01:01 AM.

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    This just might turn into a Hobo Oil thread!!

    As Zippy06 sez........"I have polished the bolt. That is good for a few matches"......

    ALL'S I WANTS is that my custom action runs as smooth as Dad's old 30-40 Krag.

    Is that too much to ask??

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    Those Krags are slicker than a water melon seed.

    I have a couple actions I'll try to polish this winter.

    Hal

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    Quote Originally Posted by zippy06 View Post
    Is Permatex Valve Grinding Compound similar or suitable?
    My Bat DS has always been a tight fit. Been using Kroil for a slicker bolt lube. Have to apply every group/target. Tried Flitz when I got it. Like you indicated above.
    I have polished the bolt. That is good for a few matches....
    Not sure. I bought a set of 3 compounds and used middle/light.
    If you’re close however try this. Get a container of Anshutz Keramic(ceramic) and apply it as per direction to bolt/ action body. it penetrates into metal pores, leaves no residue after wiping and it really slicks everything up and will last a whole match or two, this stuff is fantastic.
    Last edited by tim; 11-02-2021 at 11:25 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tim View Post
    Not sure. I bought a set of 3 compounds and used middle/light.
    If you’re close however try this. Get a container on Anshutz Keramic(ceramic) and apply it as per direction to bolt/ action body. it penetrates into metal pores, leaves no residue after wiping and it really slicks everything up and will last a whole match or two, this stuff is fantastic.
    Thanks. Never heard of it.......But, like you said it might be real close.....bolt/action wise.

    Tim B.

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    as an outsider looking in, this is about custom br actions, correct ??

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    Quote Originally Posted by rsmithsr View Post
    as an outsider looking in, this is about custom br actions, correct ??
    Mine was

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    Tim, I've got some Anshutz Keramic on the way. Thanks for the heads up.

    Good shootin'. -Al

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    Quote Originally Posted by Al Nyhus View Post
    Tim, I've got some Anshutz Keramic on the way. Thanks for the heads up.

    Good shootin'. -Al
    Circle back with you’re impressions.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Al Nyhus View Post
    Tim, I've got some Anshutz Keramic on the way. Thanks for the heads up.

    Good shootin'. -Al
    Al do you have a really tight action? Where it needs oil to be really smooth?

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    Quote Originally Posted by zippy06 View Post
    Al do you have a really tight action? Where it needs oil to be really smooth?
    This is helpful in any BR action, I use it in all my BR actions including 4 different RFBR actions, simply makes them run better.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tim View Post
    .... spent a few hours mostly working bolt handle up and down .....
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    Is this what you meant to say? That you actually spent hours working the bolt? Or that the whole job took a few hours?

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