WTB: M53/MG42 Bolt Assembly

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WTB: M53/MG42 Bolt Assembly

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Like the title says, I am looking for either a German or Yugo Bolt, full assembly. If push comes to shove I will take just the bolt head. Thanks!

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Re: WTB: M53/MG42 Bolt Assembly

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I don't recommend shooting a wartime WWII German bolt - old steel likes to shatter. The Yugo M53 bolts are good, and the modern MG3 German bolts are good too. Mg34.com had some last time I was there, but I don't see them listed on the website. Send them an email and see if they still have some.
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JBaum wrote: Sat Jun 22, 2024 11:00 am I don't recommend shooting a wartime WWII German bolt - old steel likes to shatter. The Yugo M53 bolts are good, and the modern MG3 German bolts are good too. Mg34.com had some last time I was there, but I don't see them listed on the website. Send them an email and see if they still have some.
Wonderful, thank you. If anyone else has one up for a personal sale I’m game for that as well.
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Re: WTB: M53/MG42 Bolt Assembly

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All I ever shot was original German parts in the MG-42. Have you experienced a history of original German parts failing?

Anyhow, I have a few original complete German MG-42 bolts bolts available for $300 plus postage.

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Re: WTB: M53/MG42 Bolt Assembly

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Didn't have a bolt shatter myself, I didn't have to. Once I saw someone else's bolt split, I quit shooting 80 year old bolts. The bolt looked like the inside of a twisted off truck axle from 1964 (International V190, if you need to know the model) that broke while I was driving it years ago. The steel looked like it had crystals in it, with jagged pointy edges where it split. The dealer who replaced the rear end told me that that stress makes that happen with old steel. Made sense to me. I still remember the similar appearance between the two.
I think it's wonderful that you have a perfect record with old gun parts. I hope it continues.
Shoot what you want, I don't consider it my job to force you to do anything. I'm just passing along my experience that's worth everything you pay for it, but with bombings, wartime shortages and slave labor, I have little confidence that every bolt made during WWII was made correctly. There's no reason to use an old part on a $60,000 registered gun, or even on a $5,000 reweld is there?
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