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Old January 6, 2013, 11:07 PM   #3
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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

"I don't believe that the men of the distant past were any wiser than we are today. But it does seem that their science and technology were able to accomplish much grander things."
-- Alex Rosewater
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