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Old July 3, 2013, 10:40 AM   #26
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Rebar rifle

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Originally Posted by Jim Watson View Post
Hey, Luigi, take dis radio antenna to the gang metallurgist and see if it is strong enough to make a zip gun out of.

Uh, Mr Purdey, have you had those horseshoe nails analyzed to see if they are the right alloy to make a Damascus barrel out of?

There is a lot of information on the internet, but a lot of it seems to be used to support timidity. I never heard of taking a second hand firearm to a gunsmith before I dared shoot it until I got a computer. In those days the gunsmith was the guy down at the lock and key shop and I would not take his word for the soundness of a gun anyhow.

Do you have a link to the whole thread, guncrank?
http://www.practicalmachinist.com/vb...d.php?t=267868
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Old July 3, 2013, 07:55 PM   #27
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I guess I'd better hand in my metallurgy degree !
Some of the comments warrented snide remarks so that's what you got. So get me a list of types of rebar and chemical analysis.
I wasn't totally detailed in my responses. You can get purple in addition to green epoxy. For those who aren't cheap you even can get stainless steel rebar ! Of course normal barrel steels are typically 4140 . In any case we as kids years ago made "zip guns" for " 22" s from automobile antennas !! Real high tech stuff.That's enough for one night .
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Old July 3, 2013, 09:40 PM   #28
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Rebar qualities in my experience

I have made a number of center punches and cold chisels out of common rebar.
I used to forge them out, then heat to red hot and water quench. Sold them the the fabrication department where I used to work. The foreman said that they held their point better than the purchased ones.
I think about early damascus barrels and think that they were pretty awesome craftsmen.
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Old July 5, 2013, 10:25 PM   #29
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Read an article in Precision Shooting of the rebar barreled rifle. It was used to shoot plain base cast bullets. Sure enough be a tack driver. The scope bases were mounted using glue or bedding compound & then wire was wrapped around the scope in rifle just in case. Believe me these guys knew what they were doing.
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Old July 19, 2013, 01:23 AM   #30
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It's a pretty cool looking rifle.

Check this out.

http://www.tpub.com/steelworker2/76.htm
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Old July 19, 2013, 10:15 AM   #31
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With knowhow, it's amazing what can be made.
While this is slightly off topic, here's an example.
A sheet metal engine block.
No doubt those who say a rifle barrel cannot be made from rebar, would doubt this engine.
But it served well during WW2 for boats and generators, and later as an engine in Crosley cars.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crosley
And think of all the firearms receivers made of sheet metal.
Once also thought an impossibility.
Never say never.
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