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  1. We had a new Jet 15" in the shop that had all...

    We had a new Jet 15" in the shop that had all sorts of problems including spindle bearings going bad. Stay away from them. It was replaced with a Clausing Metosa, 15x65 that was made in Spain. Good...
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    I save the old carbide mills for roughing cuts on...

    I save the old carbide mills for roughing cuts on AR500. Once you get thru the rough stuff go back with a good mill for the finish cut. We try to do most of the cuts with the waterjet instead of...
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    Wanted to add that my Starkey's have a tone...

    Wanted to add that my Starkey's have a tone programed into them to deal with the Tinnitus ringing sound we end up also getting along with hearing loss. It is similar to how noise canceling headphones...
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    I have a pair that I use for gas brazing and...

    I have a pair that I use for gas brazing and welding. They are also useful after I go to the eye doctor and they dilate my eyes.
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    I also have the Starkey behind the ear hearing...

    I also have the Starkey behind the ear hearing aids. Very happy with them. If your ear canal is big enough, you want the open tip. This has hole around the perimeter to allow unamplified sound...
  6. BK-2808-4 if anyone has a date chart.

    BK-2808-4 if anyone has a date chart.
  7. Some of the high rings have enough materiel that...

    Some of the high rings have enough materiel that you could drill or machine out the centers to see thru. Possibly mill the center of the bases also. A low power variable scope, 1-4x or 6x,would be...
  8. I have a HLV-BK and the serial number is in the...

    I have a HLV-BK and the serial number is in the same place on the collet closer tab, top surface.
  9. You can sometimes find deals on them. Tool-Krib...

    You can sometimes find deals on them. Tool-Krib has the large print in combo with a machinists calculator for less than MSC buying each separately.
  10. A lot of the old school gunsmith training had you...

    A lot of the old school gunsmith training had you make most of the tooling and fixtures needed. This was the same method as Tool maker training where almost all your toolbox items are made during...
  11. I have multiple copies floating around the shops....

    I have multiple copies floating around the shops. Oldest is the 9th edition, newest is the 31st large print edition. As I work on antique tools, guns, machinery, and equipment from time to time it is...
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    You can go to the SAAMI website and look at the...

    You can go to the SAAMI website and look at the chamber drawings with dimensions. SAAMI
  13. I was always told by the old guys that it was...

    I was always told by the old guys that it was sized to fit the middle drawer in a Kennedy box, that's what the hole in the drawer bottom is for, to push out. But the handbook was probably around...
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    The piloted tap and reamer will make sure that...

    The piloted tap and reamer will make sure that any choke tube of that style will fit properly. Also less likely to distort the thin walls of a shotgun barrel while cutting. It is recommended that the...
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    Brownell's shows a Manson Win Choke Tap in 12ga...

    Brownell's shows a Manson Win Choke Tap in 12ga available in stock. The Rem Choke is out of stock. MidwayUSA shows the PTG Rem Choke on backorder.
    There is this comment in the Brownell's specs;...
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    Looks like a good plan, you can save some money...

    Looks like a good plan, you can save some money and drop the chip pan option. Every shop I have ever been in has either not had them or removed them. Unless you are running flood coolant, where they...
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    It used to be easier to find good used...

    It used to be easier to find good used Bridgeports or copies in 3 phase as the shops didn't want them as they upgraded to CNC and most home shops didn't have 3 phase power. Now with a VFD they are...
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    Buckshot usually has Tin or another hardening...

    Buckshot usually has Tin or another hardening additive in it, some are even copper or Nickle plated. Try to find a pure lead slug or ball. Muzzle loading suppliers sometimes sell small sample begs of...
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    Some of this you may know, but if not. Thoroughly...

    Some of this you may know, but if not. Thoroughly clean the barrel. Oil the barrel before slugging. If you can access the chamber end of the barrel, I usually slug from that end also. Some barrels...
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    How much room do you have? For most gunsmith work...

    How much room do you have? For most gunsmith work a small 9"x42" Bridgeport or copy is about as big as you need. A CNC is only good for gunsmithing if you make multiples of the same thing. I have one...
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    They are probably shop made for fixturing an odd...

    They are probably shop made for fixturing an odd shaped pert to machine. My late Uncle a retired Toolmaker, had lots of small blocks like that in his tool box. After reading his note book, and...
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    Wear a ball cap with the brim to the front. It...

    Wear a ball cap with the brim to the front. It also helps keep the chips out of your hair and getting behind your safety glasses.
  23. The whole fuss about a tight slide to frame fit...

    The whole fuss about a tight slide to frame fit came about from testing for accuracy in a Ransom rest, like a revolver was tested. This effectively moved the sights to the frame. This fit also became...
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    With the flush system, you don't need to fully...

    With the flush system, you don't need to fully remove the reamer from the chamber to clear chips. Just back it out roughly half the length of the pilot. This way the pilot is still supporting the...
  25. Went back and forth with the engineer, but he...

    Went back and forth with the engineer, but he kept on with the "I have a degree and you don't." and "I know what I put on the drawings, my numbers are right." statements so the only way was to give...
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