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    Default Looking to buy new 6 jaw chuck, any knowledge appriciated

    I am looking at 6" 6 Jaw, two piece jaws, with adjust through and a D1-4 backplate.
    I do my own gunsmithing and my own handi man work.
    The 3 jaw that came with my PM1236 lathe is now .003" out since I tried to "improve" it.

    It looks like the cost with D1-4 back plate is:

    Enco........................... $530
    Gator semi steel.............$650
    Gibraltar .......................$930
    Buck Chuck cast iron .....$1000
    Gator steel ..................$1000
    Bison .........................$1400
    Buck Chuck steel..........$2000



    TIA
    Last edited by Clark; 05-25-2012 at 12:38 AM.

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    I have the Bison 6 jaw you are looking at. Very nice; you get what you pay for. Their 6 jaw are still made in Poland. The genuine back plates are spendy; it may be possble to find "an import" thick enough and turn your own, saving about $150. I was lucky to find a genuine Bison "used".

    I particularly like the large adjusters that Bison uses for the adjust tru. Some other I've used are not nearly as "solid" feeling.
    Last edited by lakeside53; 05-25-2012 at 12:57 AM.

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    Is this where I insert my four jaw chuck rant?

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    Yes, perfect timing. My 6 jaw gets little use in comparision

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    Nate dagley uses the gator chucks on his true bore alignment system.....the fact that he doesn't give a rip what a tool costs leads me to believe the chuck is a good one.

    Check out the true bore alignment system.....here,

    http://www.straightshotgunsmithing.com/

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    I am curious why the OP doesn't mention a standard 3-jaw chuck with perhaps "shop-made" soft laws.

    A light cut will soon get the jaw bores (re)aligned to the head-stock axis.
    Last edited by oldtiffie; 05-25-2012 at 04:29 AM.

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