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tn gun runner
October 24, 2007, 11:10 PM
Need To Cut Pistol Barrel Without A Lathe And Get It Right.
October 24, 2007, 11:24 PM
Hacksaw, files, square, sandpaper, skill.
October 25, 2007, 01:12 AM
You forgot "Luck".
Your chances of getting it square without using a lathe are pretty meager, even using a good square and lots of patience.
October 25, 2007, 02:56 AM
That depends on how much "skill" you have!
October 25, 2007, 07:07 AM
Try using a milling machine, works great and square too.
October 25, 2007, 01:11 PM
Whack it off with a hacksaw as square as you can. Then get a barrel squaring tool with a pilot from Brownells, and square off the barrel. Then put a crowning tool on the pilot, and crown the barrel. Should cost about $100.00 for the tools, and you can then sell them on ebay. I speak from experience, I did it.
October 25, 2007, 02:05 PM
You will probably want to put a front sight back on. Plan ahead.
October 25, 2007, 02:30 PM
The easiest "no tooling" method is the "circular cut" method.
To do this, either use a tubing cutter to score a light line around the barrel, or wrap some tape around it, keeping it as even as possible.
Once you have a cut line established, use a fine-tooth hacksaw to make a shallow, one or two stroke cut on the line.
Rotate the barrel and make another shallow one or two stoke cut.
Continue rotating the barrel and making shallow cuts until you have a shallow line all the way around the barrel.
Then just continue making shallow cuts and rotating the barrel until you've cut all the way through.
This method prevents the cut from going off at an angle, and if you take care to get the original cut square with the bore, the finished cut will be very close to square.
Then you can use files to clean up the end and remove the sharp outer edge.
To re-crown the muzzle, chuck a large brass round-head screw in a drill, coat it with valve grinding compound and run the drill at medium speed as you move the drill handle in a circular direction.
All that's needed is to just break the sharp edge down to the bottom of the rifling grooves.
While this method works better on shotguns, it can be used with good results on rifles and pistols when you simply have no better tooling or a local gunsmith you can trust.
October 26, 2007, 02:59 PM
A little variation on the circle method. I made a v-block from a piece of 2X4 to support the barrel, clamped a square on the table of my scroll saw to act as a guide and fed v-block and barrel into a carbide blade in the saw. Add a drop or 2 of cutting oil ever 10 or 15 seconds and rotate the barrel by hand until you don't feel any resistance then feed it into the saw blade a little more and repeat till it's cut.
tn gun runner
October 28, 2007, 04:17 PM
THANK YOU FOR THE HELP IN CUTTING THE BARREL DOWN .. ALL THE VAQUERO'S ARE 44-40, BISELY HAMMERS, FREE SPIN PAWLS . THE ONE I CUT DOWN TO 3 3/4, I CALL IT THE 'GAMBLER'
October 28, 2007, 07:42 PM
Looks like you've got it down to a science!
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