wife has weak fingers

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  1. 68c15

    68c15 Well-Known Member

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    I am about to get the wife her own .22 to join our boy and I at the range. I am pretty much sold on a Marlin 60 tube feed. a clip is out of the question as she has trouble removing them from my 10-22 and Kyle's Norinco JW15. she borrowed a 60 and is happy except for the small bolt handle.
    is there a way to make this easier for her to pull the bolt back? maybe some kind of extension?
  2. Albtraum

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    Maybe try a different way of pulling it back? Like, instead of the index finger, maybe have her try using her pinky. I've seen people try out weird ways to pull back the heavy bolt on an SKS. Not just overhand or underhand. If that doesn't work, there are oversized "charging handles" out there. Some are a direct replacement for the Marlin 60, some fit many applications and you screw it on and over. A little bit more leverage will make it a lot easier.
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  3. BETH

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    This is a bolt action u r talking about right
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    BETH Well-Known Member

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    she does not have to use the tips of her fingers tell her to try different ways of moving bolt-between index finger and middle finger between thumb and index and she can use the palm of her hand to pull back bolt when i get home i will see how i do it on my rifle and let u know
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    hey 68 let me know if any of suggestions work if not i'll come up with something else
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    68c15 Well-Known Member

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    I just got back from Walmart and posed her with a solution.
    http://www.savagearms.com/firearms/models/

    they have it in stock for $107!!!!!!!!
    I told her they are holding it and she said "we should wait". grrrrrrrrr, guns are flying out of the store locally, it's half price, and the clip comes out real easy. grrrrrr
  7. Blackshirts

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    Beth, the 60 is a semi-auto.

    68, yes there are oversized charger handles you can get. Search (a popular online gun auctioning website that is filtered out by the forum) listings.

    Or just get some JB weld and an empty case that fits on the bolt.
    I have .45 case on my Marlin 795. A guy in another forum used a .30-30 just having to cut the neck down a bit to fit. That would give you an even longer handle.
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    This guys pic shows how much it extends with the .45 on it.
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    This is the .30-30 case.
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    The shell casing over the charging handle is an excellent idea.
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    Pretty cool idea
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    It's light enough not to cause a problem with the bolt. Good idea, I like it!
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    I like learning new things,thanks Cliff
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    always time to learn as long as u keep your mind and heart open
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    On my brother's 795, I pull the bolt back with the right side of my right hand to lock it into place and close the bolt with my thumb. If your wife has carpel tunnel, like my mom has, perhaps a longer bolt handle would be appropriate. I kinda like the idea of a pistol or rifle case wielded to the handle, simple and effective.
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    I chose a tube feed for my wife's .22. I wanted a bolt action, and instead of loosing, damaging, or difficult for her to insert/remove magazines, I opted for a Marlin 981T. She has no trouble opening the small bolt with her hand flat beside the action and raising up against the knob, and loading is a breeze with the tube feed...
  16. BETH

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    nice going i love the tube fed
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    beth,my other half has r.a. and has lost much of her grip.i purchased a t-handle hook from the auto tool store.she just has to hook it over the knob and can use her whole hand to pull it in to battery. old semperfi
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    most of the time if there is a will there is a way or if u talk about it someone else might have already figured out a better way
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