Does anyone have advise on where to get one put on a remington 700..... I know Mel uses tactical operations for his but I can't find info on thier site. HD rifles I guess does it too but I have no experiance with them.
Any of these quality gun makers shouldn't have a problem putting the large bolt handle on a ruger. The only question may be if it interfears by hitting the stock or anything like that (which I doubt).
As FLEA said about HD rifles, I would go with one of the shops that does it right. You do not want the bolt handle tac welded on, it wont last. The pins are good. Tac-ops actually chops off the old handle, then drill and taps a threaded stud into the bolt handle, and then threads the bolt knob on. So you literally can screw the knobs on or off. If a better contour knob shows up sometime, just un screw the old, put on the new. (Though they only currently have one bolt knob shape)
I have seen GA's work and they do a great job as does TBA however I do agree with Mel that as long as they follow the correct procedures then it should not be a problem as far as worksmanship. To reiterate Mel's post:
It is usually the norm that the replacement knob is affixed by cutting off the factory knob with a 5/16" hollow face mill and then applying 5/16"-24 threads to the bolt handle shank. The numbers change but the general operation remains the same.
I went with Texas Brigade Armory just because they are closer to me here in Texas. It is owned and run by Mr. Lau, former Officer in Charge of the Ft. Hood Army Marksmanship Unit. What you might consider is the price and which handle to go with. GA, TBA, and Tac Ops all make their own custom handle. They will install others of your choosing of course.
FLEA, it sounds like they do good work, though I have no personal experience with them. I think this might be a good test for them. Better to have them screw up a bolt knob then to screw up a rebarrel or action work. We would all be interested in hearing the results.
TBA was mentioned, and they do excellent work also. Mike Lau has a very fine reputation.
It looks great! It looks exactly like mine too! I suppose that if they do their job correctly the outcome will be enhanced handling capabilities for your rifle. The only thing that TBA did not to is install the three pins for added strenght. Does it feel more rigid Flea? Is that the black ceramic coat that HD does? What parts of the bolt exactly do they coat? I have spoken to them about the pins and am interested in doing this to mine as well.