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IOWOLF
03-15-2006, 02:48 PM
I needed an adjustable platform for my Spindex for barrel fluting and the like.So I built this, this morn.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/iowolf/SANY0186.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/iowolf/SANY0187.jpg

I finally got the ambition to make a Indicator holder for the Lathe.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/iowolf/SANY0188.jpg

Any tools I can make I don't have to buy,Not to mention the enjoyment factor.

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The tame Wolf !

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Evan
03-15-2006, 03:04 PM
Handy stuff. Don't forget that you can also just stick a rod in the indicator holder and use it as a hard stop for the carriage. Real handy when boring.

Fasttrack
03-15-2006, 03:49 PM
I am always amazed at the things you guys can accomplish in a morning. Shoot something that was half that quality would probably take me three days and about three times as much material!!

IOWOLF
03-15-2006, 04:39 PM
It's utilitarian, not Purdy.
Make it work, then make it easy on the eyes if you need to.
I have not, nor will prol'y ever be as good as Evan at both at once.
I have alot of Ideas for shop tools,But only so much scrap metal.

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Alistair Hosie
03-15-2006, 04:52 PM
wolfie what is purdie?Alistair

IOWOLF
03-15-2006, 05:01 PM
See, its cought on Misspelling, Pretty.

Or are you being Difficult, Alistair?
I thought we settled our differences.

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YankeeMetallic
03-15-2006, 05:09 PM
Cool! Can you post some pic's of some barrels that you have fluted. I tried fluting an old 338 mag, 416 stainless barrel once just to see if I could do it. It came out Okay. It would have looked better had I bead blasted it afterwards. I was never able to see if it made a difference in accuracy since the barrel was wore out anyway. I ended up chopping up the tip and making a muzzle brake for my AR-10(T Ultra).
Have you noticed an increase or decrease in accuracy after you have fluted it? I understand the fluting process can relieve stresses in the barrel and change it's zero. Do you stress relive the barrel after fluting by freezing it?
Just curious.

IOWOLF
03-15-2006, 05:16 PM
UMMMm,to be honest the one I done didnt come out so well either, thats one reason why I made the Helper.
Fluteing as I understand it helps cool the barrel.
And makes it PURDY. LOL

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HTRN
03-15-2006, 05:25 PM
The theory is that a fluted barrel is stiffer than an unfluted barrel, FOR A GIVEN WEIGHT, because of the heavier contour. The problem with it is, the flutes get dinged up pretty easy.

Hey IOWOLF, if you want a neat trick, when your done fluting, take a piece of masking tape over the flute, and then using a #11 xacto, cut out the fluted section. It's now perfectly masked to paint the flutes, looks great on SS barrels.

HTRN

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IOWOLF
03-15-2006, 05:28 PM
Cool, Im thinking Powdercoat on the Ugly stick.

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meho
03-15-2006, 06:05 PM
HTRN is right on about fluting.

The only thing I’ve found fluting good for is getting a longer barrel with the weight of a shorter one.

Another question about fluting is what does it do to internal dimensions and stresses if cut after the barrel is profiled and rifled?

Fluting does look neat.

James

topct
03-15-2006, 06:12 PM
Word. http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net//biggrin.gif

CCWKen
03-15-2006, 06:23 PM
Heck fire, that's mighty fine tools! You should see some of the jigs and holders I cobble up. They ain't picture taking quality, I can tell ya. All it has to do is work. http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net//biggrin.gif