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wierdscience
08-22-2009, 09:48 PM
Anyone tried making your own barrels?

I've been thinking of trying my own on a single shot .22lr pistol.

Any tips,suggestions on rifling etc?

Also what do you suppose would be the range of steels used in barrel mfg?

JCHannum
08-22-2009, 10:44 PM
For a 22 rimfire, leaded steels are not uncommon. For center fire, 4140 is probably the most common carbon steel.

Here is an overview of what is required in making a rifled barrel. It is not a simple process, but it is well within the abilitities of a dedicated HSM. A pistol barrel is somewhat easier to make as. due to its length, smaller equipment can be employed.


http://www.firearmsid.com/Feature%20Articles/RifledBarrelManuf/BarrelManufacture.htm

deltaenterprizes
08-22-2009, 11:50 PM
Thanks JC, nice article!

Weston Bye
08-23-2009, 10:18 AM
Do a barrel liner:

http://www.shootingtimes.com/gunsmithing/st_barrelliner_200810/

I bought a length of barrel liner from Dixie Gun works years ago. Already rifled.

wierdscience
08-23-2009, 06:52 PM
Do a barrel liner:

http://www.shootingtimes.com/gunsmithing/st_barrelliner_200810/

I bought a length of barrel liner from Dixie Gun works years ago. Already rifled.

Never knew they existed,neat.

andy_b
08-24-2009, 11:12 PM
Never knew they existed,neat.


it depends on what you want to do. the liners are popular for getting older firearms back into good shooting condition because you reuse the original barrel and keep all of the barrel markings. for a home project, or just playing around, if you need a rifled barrel and only want to do the rifling yourself for the satisfaction of doing it, there is nothing wrong with that route. if you are thinking of rifling the barrel to save money or because you don't want to buy a new barrel somewhere, you can always call Numrich gun parts and get a take-off barrel. they are pretty cheap and many times are new, it's just that they were mounted to a firearm at one point and then the firearm was disassembled and sold as parts.

andy b.

loose nut
08-25-2009, 11:32 AM
Download "The Modern Gunsmith" (1941) by Howe, it can be found on the web, for free. It will tell you everything there is to know about making barrels, the necessary equipment and how to make it, tooling, jig and fixtures etc.

"Barrels and Actions" (1991) by Harold Hoffman can be purchased on the web, fairly cheap too, and while it isn't as good it has a lot of good info including that on button rifling and how to make a button rifling machine.

Making barrel rifling machines and equipment isn't very hard, using that equipment to get a good barrel is the tricky bit. Don't expect success right out of the gate.

Al Messer
08-27-2009, 07:06 PM
"Loosenut", would you be kind enough to post the addy of where Howe's book can be found? I'm a greenhorn at navigating the web. I think that I read this book about 45 years ago. If it shows using an existing barrel being used to control the twist of the new barrel, I've seen it then. TIA!

loose nut
08-27-2009, 08:48 PM
I'll look into it as soon as I can, My mother was buried today so things are a bit rushed getting all the necessary's done but should be able to get at it by the weekend. If I can't find the book ('s) I have it/them on the hardrive and can make a copy of them and mail them to you. You can then pass them around.

loose nut
08-27-2009, 08:54 PM
Vol. 1


http://www.homegunsmith.com/cgi-bin/ib3/iB_html/uploads/post-71-27125-Modern_Gunsmith_V1_ch1.pdf

loose nut
08-27-2009, 08:59 PM
Vol 2 see if you can download from here

http://fliiby.com/file/34280/qg8np4slqm.html

loose nut
08-27-2009, 09:02 PM
You can also get them from here plus loads of others

http://www.stevespages.com/page7d.htm

The barrels and actions book would have to be bought but only if you can't get what you want from the others.

pinkmoose
08-27-2009, 11:04 PM
My old man before he died built one of barrel drills that brownell's sales the video/dvd for. It worked quite well, we did several 20 cal barrels. Building one is quite a project, I think he did it so he could say he built everything on the gun; barrel, action, and stock.

NickH
08-28-2009, 11:43 AM
Thanks for those excellent links loose nut, interesting readin there,
Regards,
Nick

wierdscience
09-04-2009, 09:14 PM
Download "The Modern Gunsmith" (1941) by Howe, it can be found on the web, for free. It will tell you everything there is to know about making barrels, the necessary equipment and how to make it, tooling, jig and fixtures etc.

"Barrels and Actions" (1991) by Harold Hoffman can be purchased on the web, fairly cheap too, and while it isn't as good it has a lot of good info including that on button rifling and how to make a button rifling machine.

Making barrel rifling machines and equipment isn't very hard, using that equipment to get a good barrel is the tricky bit. Don't expect success right out of the gate.

Just downloaded The Modern Gunsmith,all I can say is WOW!That is about as thorough as it gets,worth the time just for e section on engraving and checkering,Thanks for the link!

JCHannum
09-04-2009, 09:30 PM
I have a hard copy and will not part with it. It is one of the classic gunsmithing books. James Howe is the Howe of Griffith and Howe, makers of some of the finest custom rifles ever made.

loose nut
09-06-2009, 12:46 PM
Another good book, not as good as the modern gunsmith but a good read and a free download is "Advanced Gunsmithing", link below

http://www.scribd.com/doc/8697640/Advanced-Gunsmithing-

cuslog
09-18-2009, 04:19 PM
This guy has a good setup. I made a copy of it, made a couple pistol barrels.
First one was a total failure, second one worked OK though.
Fairly big learning curve (for me at least) but I did learn quite a bit and it is neat to be able to say that "yes, I did the rifling too".
http://www.homegunsmith.com/cgi-bin/ib3/ikonboard.cgi?;act=ST;f=3;t=21189;hl=40+caliber+bo ot+pistol