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Do you do your own gunsmithing?

No, I just clean
Yes, but just light sanding and polishing replacing store bought parts
Yes, I cut, grind, file the shebang

Author Topic: Do you do your own gun smithing Poll?  (Read 1442 times)

Offline Special T

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Do you do your own gun smithing Poll?
« on: November 10, 2017, 12:42:37 PM »
The comments about the perceived bad trigger on the savage axis thread got me thinking about this. I started of with a local Smith who has treated me right. Did a nice trigger job on my rem 700. The trigger on my 10-22 was kind of nasty but I didn't want to spend that kind of coin on a trigger job and thought it was kind of silly to buy a new one. So I hopped on you tube and there was several great DIY projects for the 10-22. That got me hooked. $40 in supplies, small files and sandpaper, and I'm hooked. I'm not sure I would by an upgrade for any component again that can be greatly improved by a little sanding and polishing. Nearly every family rifle has had a deep cleaning and some level of sanding and polishing. I've been amazed at how they now feel, and how much better I understand my firearms.

How about you guys?
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Re: Do you do your own gun smithing Poll?
« Reply #1 on: November 10, 2017, 12:46:35 PM »
You should add an option for anyone who doesn't do anything, not even clean.
I am very new to firearms and have yet to clean one and when it needs to be done I will take it to wades to get it cleaned until I'm comfortable cleaning it correctly myself
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Re: Do you do your own gun smithing Poll?
« Reply #2 on: November 10, 2017, 12:59:50 PM »
I've done few trigger jobs. I started on Youtube and watched the videos for the 10/22. Took the trigger from 8lbs to 4lbs. After that I was hooked. From there I proceeded to take a part every gun I own to at least give them a polish.

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Re: Do you do your own gun smithing Poll?
« Reply #3 on: November 10, 2017, 01:05:26 PM »
You should add an option for anyone who doesn't do anything, not even clean.
I am very new to firearms and have yet to clean one and when it needs to be done I will take it to wades to get it cleaned until I'm comfortable cleaning it correctly myself
YouTube  is amazing for most weapons, especially any common ones. I would bet if you watched a couple not only would you feel good about cleaning your own gun, but   would have a much better understanding how everything works.

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Re: Do you do your own gun smithing Poll?
« Reply #4 on: November 10, 2017, 01:22:58 PM »
So far, I have done everything myself but it has been limited in scope.  I haven't done anything that requires a mill or the like.

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Re: Do you do your own gun smithing Poll?
« Reply #5 on: November 10, 2017, 03:08:19 PM »
I don't muck with the mechanisms much anymore but I mount my own scopes/sights - modify stocks - just repaired a cracked ML stock - sometimes add a piece of rail or two to hang accessories off of.

I changed the barrel on this guy, added the rail, the thread adapter - got a flashlight and laser for it somewhere  - I might do a trigger job on it if I get the urge.


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Re: Do you do your own gun smithing Poll?
« Reply #6 on: November 10, 2017, 03:36:50 PM »
Held an FFL for 20 years on the basis of accurizing firearms.

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Re: Do you do your own gun smithing Poll?
« Reply #7 on: November 10, 2017, 03:45:37 PM »
I have floated barrels, lapped varrels, have done a new trigger. I can tear down most my guns. I built an AR from a Mish mash of components. My most recent scope install and sight in, I cheat I know a guy I send him a text after a couple shots on paper, he dials me in. We did it in 6 shots.  Dude takes some if the fun out of a trip to the range :chuckle:

I also briefly shacked up with a gun smith a few years back, so picked up some stuff. 

I also have done reloading but haven't had a place to it the last couple years.

I miss tinkering on my guns I intend to change that this winter.
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Re: Do you do your own gun smithing Poll?
« Reply #8 on: November 10, 2017, 08:24:03 PM »
everything that doesn't require machine tools, only because I don't have machine tools or three phase 240 to run them even if I had them.

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Re: Do you do your own gun smithing Poll?
« Reply #9 on: November 10, 2017, 08:41:52 PM »
everything that doesn't require machine tools, only because I don't have machine tools or three phase 240 to run them even if I had them.

^Ya pretty much this.

This was my last project. Mostly stock work but I had to drill and tap the pic rail section for the updated sling stud. It was blued after the bedding set up.


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Re: Do you do your own gun smithing Poll?
« Reply #10 on: November 10, 2017, 09:36:19 PM »
YouTube is amazing. I'm no mechanic!! I dropped the transfer case out of my 2500HD and completely rebuilt it myself with a cell phone in one hand with YouTube videos. You can find it all on there when it comes to rifle tweaks, bedding, up grades etc.
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Re: Do you do your own gun smithing Poll?
« Reply #11 on: November 10, 2017, 09:48:01 PM »
Working on it ;).  Nothing over the top yet but working on it. This is Mrs Wapitis new rifle, Browning AB3 Hunter. I ended up correctly putting on/bore sighting the scope after the local box store jacked it up. Does that count?

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Re: Do you do your own gun smithing Poll?
« Reply #12 on: November 10, 2017, 10:45:14 PM »
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Re: Do you do your own gun smithing Poll?
« Reply #13 on: November 10, 2017, 10:49:05 PM »
I have floated barrels, lapped varrels, have done a new trigger, like Run said. But on shotguns I've done firing pin replacement, lift gates on auto's, ejector work on O/U's manufactured odds and end parts for them as well. 
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Re: Do you do your own gun smithing Poll?
« Reply #14 on: November 11, 2017, 07:51:31 AM »
Iíve done some unspeakable things to firearms over the years. My favorite tools are a dremel, the wrong sized screwdriver and a 3# mallet.  :chuckle:

Iíve hand reamered a bunch of barrels, done trigger jobs, inlet and bed rifle stocks, shortened barrels with a hacksaw then re crowned them by hand, drilled and tapped actions for scope mounts, blued barrels, modified feed rails, I can install a Savage prefit barrel faster than most people can tie heir shoes, and just about anything else that can be done without a mill or lathe. Iíve reached a point now where I need to just buy a lathe and be done with it.
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