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    Hello. What is the smallest lathe I can get away with for barrel chambering between centers? Not just from a length standpoint but will smaller lathes have the power

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    I have done it on a 9" South Bend. If the barrel will not go through the spindle then the limiting factor is bed length.

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    A 9"South Bend if the bed is 4' and have a steady rest. A heavy 10 with a shorter bed will work if you work thru the headstock.

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    I have a 40” bed and I’ve chambered a 25” finished length barrel between centers. Never paid too much attention but I bet it would be hard pressed to go much past 28-30” given the length of my machine’s tail stock.

    Been my experience that it doesn’t take a lot of power to do barrel work. Cuts are fine for the most part.

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    maybe instead of what's the smallest you might ask what is the best I can get into space,power and weight constraints within my budget.

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