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Old 05-01-2021, 09:03 PM
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I just became the owner of a P94S. I took it to the range today for the first time and had an unusual mishap.

The bolt handle separated from the bolt. I mean it broke off. Looks like it was a case of metal fatigue or something.

I have been unable to find either a replacement bolt or a Sleeve handle. According to the MGW website, both have been discontinued.

Does anyone know where I might find these parts? I have pretty much exhausted the internet.

Does anyone know if any other Sako Bolts are interchangeable with the P94S?

Thanks for any help or advice.
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Old 05-03-2021, 01:37 AM
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Not a factory bolt handle but will get you back to shooting.

https://1022racerifle.com/diproducts...finnfire-p94s/
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Old 05-04-2021, 04:57 AM
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Thanks wildbill

I wish that would fix it but I wasn't clear in the statement of my problem. It wasn't the bolt handle that broke, it was the area attached to the bolt sleeve where the handle screws in.

Midwestern Gun Works is the authorized supplier of parts for discontinued SAKO rifles. I spoke to them. They no longer work on the P94 because there are no parts to be had.

I spoke to the Beretta Service Center in Maryland. They told me that because of headspace issues, you cannot just take another bolt - either new or used - and simply drop it into the gun. They said cost of repairs would most likely exceed the value of the gun.

It has been suggested that I have the part silver soldered back on the bolt sleeve. I am going to pursue that, but I am not optimistic that it will work.

My only hope appears to be to find a new or used bolt sleeve. That is the part on the rear of the bolt where the handle screws in. It does come off and can be replaced without being concerned about bolt headspace.

For right now my rifle has been reduced to a decorative door stop. I feel especially bad about this because the rifle was a recent gift from a very good friend.
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Old 05-04-2021, 07:26 AM
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Another option would be have someone TIG-weld the part to the bolt sleeve.
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Old 05-04-2021, 07:50 AM
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The FinnFire is such a great rifle, and for one minor part to go south and incapacitate it is terrible. It's a reach, but you could post a WTB ad here in the Trading Post for a FinnFire bolt (from someone who is parting out a disabled rifle), as well as search the internet for a FinnFire bolt. I expect your chances of finding a complete bolt that would provide the part you need, are better than finding just that particular part. Good luck!

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Old 05-04-2021, 07:51 AM
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Another option would be have someone TIG-weld the part to the bolt sleeve.
If that would truly work, it would be the easiest, by far.

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Old 05-04-2021, 06:10 PM
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All good advice. I'm also going to look into having the bolt sleeve fabricated in a machine shop or something. Two things I have learned during this exercise are 1) there are hardly any parts available for this rifle and 2) if you can find a part they cost a fortune.

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Old 05-05-2021, 12:22 AM
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If you could get a bolt the headspace problem is not a problem. The barrel is clamped into the action and you can vary the headspace by sliding the barrel in or out. All you would need is a new bolt and the correct headspace gage.

Heres Sakos site in Finland, you might check with them, https://www.sako.fi/support/support-discontinued-models

Also try to contact this member from Sweden, https://www.rimfirecentral.com/forum...r.php?u=113609. He hasnt posted since 2019 but might still get notifications

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Old 05-05-2021, 06:29 AM
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Thank you very much. I will attempt to contact both of them today. In the meantime here is a photo of the sleeve and the bolt handle.
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Does anyone have the capability to fabricate a new sleeve? The bolt handle screws into the sleeve.
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File Type: jpg bolt sleeve1.jpg (520.3 KB, 4 views)

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Old 05-05-2021, 08:30 AM
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Have you looked into a TIG-weld repair? Still might be the easiest and fastest solution.

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Old 05-05-2021, 09:12 AM
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Clean it up with some acetone then glue it back together with Loctite 380 Black Max. That stuff is incredible. It is unbelievably strong.
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Old 05-05-2021, 10:39 AM
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Tig welding may be an option. I have not yet investigated that possibility.

I was told this morning that it is a violation of federal law to fabricate gun parts.

Im quickly running out of options. It's either welding if that is possible or finding a used one.
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Old 05-05-2021, 10:41 AM
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I was just reading about the locktight stuff. Nothing to loose by trying it.
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Old 05-05-2021, 10:44 AM
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I was just reading about the locktight stuff. Nothing to loose by trying it.
On second thought, I think that part of the bolt handle serves as one of the bolt lugs. It would probably hold, but why take the chance.

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