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#8718303 - 03/26/14 Sako AV Bolt Guide Retainer Pin
Savuti Offline
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Registered: 01/31/07
Posts: 1686
Loc: Collier Co. Florida
Have a 1985 vintage AV DL in 375 that uses the leaf spring to retain the guide rib.
The second spring has broken and I would like to get a more permanent fix in the form of the older style retainer pin.

Could anyone recommend a 'smith to tackle this? Would any of the forum 'smiths like to have a go?
Here's an internet pic of the type of pin I'm talking about, just to the rear of the rib retaining collar.



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#8724815 - 03/28/14 Re: Sako AV Bolt Guide Retainer Pin [Re: Savuti]
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If no one here will do the work shoot DocRocket a PM he knows someone who does that.
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#11833263 - 02/17/17 Re: Sako AV Bolt Guide Retainer Pin [Re: Savuti]
MJSaustin Offline
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Registered: 04/19/13
Posts: 56
I hate to revive such an old thread but I'm interested to know of any gunsmiths that can do this to a Sako AV 375 with two collars. I spoke to a local gunsmith last week who said that since the guide rib is made of hardened steel they would have to soften it, then drill it, then re-harden it with a heat treat....that was enough to make me run for the door with my Sako bolt in hand.

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#11835173 - 02/18/17 Re: Sako AV Bolt Guide Retainer Pin [Re: Savuti]
greydog Offline
Campfire Guide

Registered: 06/12/04
Posts: 2970
The rib is not hard and installation of the pin is (a) not a big deal and (b) an almost mandatory fix. I started doing this in the early eighties and can't begin to guess how many I did. The job is best done in a milling machine with a 1/16 end mill. I am retired now but there must be a bunch of young guys who could do this. GD

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#11843802 - 02/21/17 Re: Sako AV Bolt Guide Retainer Pin [Re: Savuti]
MJSaustin Offline
Member

Registered: 04/19/13
Posts: 56
Does anyone know of a smith in the Austin, TX area that will do the work? Or anyone I could ship it to?

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