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I've always found that taking one bolt with me to get an exact match works best. My local Ace Hardware has a large variety of special metric bolts with different heads.
Try threading the bolt from the back side to see if you may not have had it quite straight.
FYI...only take out one bolt at a time, makes it alot easier to get lined up.
I can head East or West, it doesn't matter as long as it's on 2 wheels.