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    I'm restocking a interesting Winchester 1885 hi-wall single shot. It has a #4 contour, 28" factory octagon target barrel on it that is matted on the top 3 flats the full length of the barrel. Does anyone know how Winchester did this? Cut? Pressed? Probably rolled? If someone wanted to do this today, how would you do this? I'm guessing rolled, so what kind of pressure would you need to do this? Not to mention the dies. Would this be in the range of possibility for a small shop? I know anything is possible with enough money but I mean realistically. I've always liked the way this looks. I had a Winchester 1895 in a while back with a matted round barrel full length. Matted portion about .375" wide. It looks really special order, (which it is), and would look nice on a modern barrel, on the right gun.


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    This kind of pattern is produced by a straight line engine. Chances are that they had a dedicated machine in one of their shops just for doing that, as they used it on shotgun ribs, too.

    Straight line engines are related to ornamental tuning lathes and work on a similar principle, where a sliding follower runs along a master pattern, and transfers the motion to the cutting tool.

    Ever seen a Spirograph toy? If you take a small wheel, put the pen in a hole near center, and run the wheel along a straightedge (or rack gear, in the case of Spirograph) you end up with a wiggly line like this.

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    Here are some movies about how it works:

    Straight line: (you need Quick time player)

    http://www.dtmb.de/Rundgang/Produkti...ieren/MSTR.mov
    Various patterns

    Rotating: (you need microsoft media player)

    http://www.rgmwatches.com/RoseEngine2b.wmv
    This is the pattern on your barrel

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    Gerrit

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    Thanks Trevor and Gerrit. Very interesting. The cut lines have a high quality look that rolled lines just don't seem to have. I like how quiet the work is. More like power engraving than machining. Thanks, Jeff Ward

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    This outfit has one of the original Winchester machines for matting barrels:
    http://www.andyscustomshop.net/index.php

    I think this outfit also has one:
    http://gallery.bcentral.com/GID3603772-Home.aspx

    No doubt one of them can matt your barrel as originally done.

    RWO

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    Doesn't the Remington auction have a matting machine for sale?
    Butch


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