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Now I have a metal lathe, what should I make?

Postby Imakethings » Fri Aug 30, 2013 10:39 pm

Alright, I have a metal lathe now. What should I make for my mosin? Suggestions? Ideas? Challenges?

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Re: Now I have a metal lathe, what should I make?

Postby Marauder 1 » Fri Aug 30, 2013 11:28 pm

Hmmm how about a new all copper bullet design?

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Re: Now I have a metal lathe, what should I make?

Postby Imakethings » Sat Aug 31, 2013 6:00 am

I'd be cautious about doing an all copper bullet and the different metal will expand and contract at a different rate. All the same though I think it would be neat to make one with a boat tail.

Also, thanks for moving the thread. Thought I had put it in the right place when I started it.
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Re: Now I have a metal lathe, what should I make?

Postby Marauder 1 » Sat Aug 31, 2013 7:55 am

No problem.. Ok lets see, I don't know what type of lathe and how big but. How about a custom firing pin?

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Postby farmerboy78 » Sat Aug 31, 2013 10:02 am

Man its almost endless possibilities... Replicate parts as mark says, I'd like to have some copper or brass bullets, suppressor lol.... Turn down the profile of the rear of mosin bolts.... Man lots of things
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Re: Now I have a metal lathe, what should I make?

Postby Even11 » Sat Aug 31, 2013 12:41 pm

Titanium firing pins?
Custom cocking knobs?
Muzzle brakes?
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Re: Now I have a metal lathe, what should I make?

Postby Imakethings » Sat Aug 31, 2013 1:41 pm

It's an old 1930-1940's South Bend, 40" bed 9" swing. I just finished ricing it out to where it behaves itself very well (accurate to +/- 0.0005", at least thats as far as I can measure).

Lets see, of the things suggested I think that there are a few that I will take a stab at:
Cocking knob, I can't ever write that one with a straight face :mrgreen:

Muzzle break, also doable and I think I have a chunk of 410 stainless that would be perfect for it.

Firing pin is a maybe, not going to bother doing it out of a titanium alloy though. I'll be happy to explain why on the titanium, but it would be a long winded answer.
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Re: Now I have a metal lathe, what should I make?

Postby Imakethings » Sat Aug 31, 2013 4:28 pm

After reading and thinking a bit I've decided that the muzzle brake will be the first thing to try my hand at.
So, how about some design ideas for me?
Functional is my primary consideration over making it pretty. I can make the next one pretty. I'm also planning on a collet for attachment rather than threading the barrel or using set screws to hold it in place. I've got my calipers out now and I'm fiddling in cad with some basic shape stuff.

I'm currently leaning towards one similar to the one in the following youtube video.

http://youtu.be/b2S9qZn3DqY
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Re: Now I have a metal lathe, what should I make?

Postby Marauder 1 » Sat Aug 31, 2013 5:19 pm

Can't wait to see your design, One thing to remember with a muzzle brake is that alignment is absolutely critical. The bore and brake must be perfect or you could have a serious hazard on your hands.

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Re: Now I have a metal lathe, what should I make?

Postby farmerboy78 » Sat Aug 31, 2013 5:32 pm

That's interesting, will definitely work when there is a front sight present... How do you think one could be made for a non-threaded barrel without a front sight? Wondering if a compression design to grip the barrel with 3 set screws to lock it down. And I think aluminum would work great, lightweight, will compress easy, and easy to work. Give me a few days and I can draw it out if you want...
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