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Should be easy to tell by looking at it no? I never even held an XLR but I dont think the bolts are stainless.
 

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jnicol6600 said:
I dont think an xlr would have a blued bolt ???. Probably a mistake from the factory. I think the xlr's should have a fluted bolt
Hard to make a mistake like that. None of the round bolts are blued. The XLR's have a fluted bolt for sure, I think that the flutes may be blued & thats what surprised 336XLR since the rest is in the white. But its not really in the white. I'm thinking they just take a regular nickle plated 336 bolt, cut the flutes into it & blue them. A unplated steel bolt would get ugly quick I think.
 

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336xlr said:
if you look at the picture I put on my profile you can see that it is blued. And surfaces that are blank have no signs of being nickelplated.
I cant see it good. Is the whole bolt blued or just the flutes? None really look nickle plated but they are. I believe the term Tomray used was "Electroless nickle plated" The first ones were chrome acording to things I'v read.
I think the reason for plateing them is blueing would wear off real quick & look like crap. I'm curious how the Henry bolts will look after a few years for that reason since theyre blued.
 

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jnicol6600 said:
Ya like putting a regular lever and a blued mag tube hanger on a sbl ;D. I saw a new stbl at a gun show that had a fluted xlr bolt in it instead of the one it should have. or maybe they just didnt care?
Kinda but different. None of the round bolts are blued so they'd have to actually make one special to install incorrectly. I'm going to have to find an XLR I guess to look at closer.
 

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There you have it then. Just so I understand, everything EXCEPT between the flutes is blued? Anybody got a pic?
 

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Hi Tom.
I know its moot at this point but why couldn't they just nickle plate them before cutting the flutes & then blacken the flutes leaving the rest nickle? Sounds time consuming so I imagine cost prohibitive.
 

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I think you'ld be fine plating it. I cant see them drilling the reciever smaller or making a fatter bolt just for the XLR series, especially if they cant even be bothered with finishing the metal.
 

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Ok, so the grit blast gives the flutes a matte type look like the regular reciever tops I imagine. Still mind boggling to leave a bolt on an otherwise stainless gun unprotected. People will buy them intentionally wanting a weather resistant gun.
Oh well. I almost drove to Southington this morning but changed my mind after going for coffee. I get stiff quick driving & would be cripple by the time I got up there. Maybe next weekend. I want to bring Connor up to shoot one more time before we go to OK.
 

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marlin-x said:
Tomray, I always wondered what is the purpose of the flutes on the XLR bolts? Is it cosmetic, or functional?
I'm not Tom but he's said its cosmetic before.
 

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I dont think any of them are stainless.
If you look at the specs on their website they say -
Action Lever action; side ejection; stainless steel receiver, barrel, lever, trigger guard plate, magazine tube and loading gate. Hammer block safety.
Nothing there about a stainless bolt.
 

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Can you just copy yours? Dont look like a hard thing to replicate.
 
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