I actually found someone locally who will let me turn the barrel on his lathe--provided I learn to do it myself
so he can work on his other projects for the hours it will take to complete.
The barrel is 1.75" + scale now, and I need to turn it down to 1.262" stepped to 1.000" (that's a lot of material to remove
). Still, if I can get a passable barrel made from the 100$ blank for the cost of tooling and some pizzas, my 50 Alaskan build may end up under 500$
(250$ so far + 50$ for dies)
The latest in a string of "happy accidents" on this project