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Unread 02-23-2016, 03:26 PM   #1
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Default Repair bolt face damage?

Recently, when inspecting my 1917 DWM LP08, I noticed that there was some pitting and chipping on the front of the bolt face.

This does not interfere with cycling, and doesn't expose the back of the cartridge case to any problems. I'm interested in opinions in whether this should be repaired or left alone.

Is this the type of thing that TIG micro-welding and milling or filing could be used to repair? (Sorry about the camera shake on this closeup)...



Thanks, Marc
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Marc, The only way to know for sure is to have the breechblock x-rayed to see if there are any fractures in the steel... but I offer my OPINION that this is just surface pitting that should not have compromised the structural integrity of the breechblock. After cleaning the pitting and stopping the active rust, I would have no problem in shooting this Luger. But you have to make that decision for yourself...

With regard to your question, yes, careful TIG welding or filling of the pit damage could be used to restore the block, and then file or machined back to its original condition.
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I would just leave it like it is. I would not hesitate to shoot it. Bill
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Leave it alone.

Welding may do more damage than help, IMO.

It is not that bad, if it is a shooter, I'd smooth it up a bit. If a collector- see initial comment.
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Thanks for the review and advice! I'll leave it as it is...

As it's all matching and in original finish, I don't plan on shooting it anyway.

Thanks again! Marc
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