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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 1072 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.

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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 »
Only if you lapped the rings.👍
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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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Re: Do you do your own gun smithing Poll?
« Reply #15 on: November 17, 2017, 02:11:03 PM »
Iíve reached a point now where I need to just buy a lathe and be done with it.

Once you have one (or three) and learn how to use it you wonder why you ever went so long without it. Of course a lathe is only part of the kit, you'll want a mill, grinder, welder, etc too.

I don't worry about all that schtuff tho; mostly i just run a drill bit down the barrel so it'll shoot bigger calibers too.  :tung:

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Re: Do you do your own gun smithing Poll?
« Reply #16 on: November 17, 2017, 02:55:17 PM »
Iíve reached a point now where I need to just buy a lathe and be done with it.

Once you have one (or three) and learn how to use it you wonder why you ever went so long without it. Of course a lathe is only part of the kit, you'll want a mill, grinder, welder, etc too.

I don't worry about all that schtuff tho; mostly i just run a drill bit down the barrel so it'll shoot bigger calibers too.  :tung:

I bought two barreled actions off of someone who thought like that.   He assured me there was no damage to the throat... but when I got in there and checked I found the throat was boogered up by a drill bit.  He wanted to get the barrel throated so a heavy bullet would be seated further out.  Other one had the throat shot out for a couple of inches and badly galled locking lugs.

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Re: Do you do your own gun smithing Poll?
« Reply #17 on: November 18, 2017, 06:08:11 AM »
i do a bit of my own work due to my own cheapness and not wanting to deal with long lead times.  i'd never trust some place like cabelas or sportsman's to ever mount another one of my scopes again.

buying a savage 99 really sent me off the deep end.  it's a later model(post million s/n) rifle that's factory drilled and tapped for scope bases.  unfortunately, no scope bases i tried on it lined up worth a damn.  the standard weaver bases that were on it had the rear base canted forward, i noticed it by the scope the gun came with having a dented tube.  tried 3 other sets of weavers with no luck.  solution was to buy a leupold base, which i had to bed the rear to get to sit straight, but i think one piece scope bases are ugly as sin(AND i could not mount any modern scope on it with the super low rings it needed to get a good cheek weld since the erector box would hit the mount).  eventually i found a rare redfield 2-piece dovetail base, but had to lap the rings in still to get them to hold the scope properly.  i don't even want to think about the money i shelled out on mounts, rings and tools just to put a scope on that little rifle correctly.  i am happy with the end result, though.
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Re: Do you do your own gun smithing Poll?
« Reply #18 on: November 18, 2017, 10:23:33 AM »
i do a bit of my own work due to my own cheapness and not wanting to deal with long lead times.  i'd never trust some place like cabelas or sportsman's to ever mount another one of my scopes again.

buying a savage 99 really sent me off the deep end.  it's a later model(post million s/n) rifle that's factory drilled and tapped for scope bases.  unfortunately, no scope bases i tried on it lined up worth a damn.  the standard weaver bases that were on it had the rear base canted forward, i noticed it by the scope the gun came with having a dented tube.  tried 3 other sets of weavers with no luck.  solution was to buy a leupold base, which i had to bed the rear to get to sit straight, but i think one piece scope bases are ugly as sin(AND i could not mount any modern scope on it with the super low rings it needed to get a good cheek weld since the erector box would hit the mount).  eventually i found a rare redfield 2-piece dovetail base, but had to lap the rings in still to get them to hold the scope properly.  i don't even want to think about the money i shelled out on mounts, rings and tools just to put a scope on that little rifle correctly.  i am happy with the end result, though.

The Savage 99 takes a special rear base that takes into account the slope on the rear of the 99 action.  I've only seen Weaver rear bases for the 99.

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Re: Do you do your own gun smithing Poll?
« Reply #19 on: November 18, 2017, 10:35:00 AM »
Bedding, firelapping, lap scope rings, nothing major. 

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Re: Do you do your own gun smithing Poll?
« Reply #20 on: November 25, 2017, 10:42:06 PM »
I think there are stages that most rifle looney's go through.  Some are more daunting than others, but all can be screwed up - especially if its your first time...

Mount/change a scope and zero it

Change rings

Change bases

Change a stock or bottom metal

Change a trigger

Hog out a stock for a thick recoil lug

Change a barrel

Bed a barreled action

And don't get me started on beginning reloading, or the Savage phase!

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Re: Do you do your own gun smithing Poll?
« Reply #21 on: November 25, 2017, 11:09:47 PM »
Let's see, what I am willing to admit to...

Mount bases, rings & scopes.

Refinish old rifle stocks.

Drill and install sling swivel studs.

Shorten, square and recrown two rifle barrels and one shotgun.

Shorten length of pull on a rifle.

Adjust rifle triggers pull weight, creep and play.

Disassembled and rebuilt a non-working S&W .357 that worked when I was done.

Glass-bedded rifles.

Assembled two AR's that actually functioned and fired.

Modified a hammer on a.45 ACP, by cutting down and polishing, that pinched skin when the gun was fired.

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Re: Do you do your own gun smithing Poll?
« Reply #22 on: November 26, 2017, 12:31:28 AM »
I'll do pretty much anything up to cutting barrels and recrowning.  But i don't trust myself to tap-n-drill mounting bracket holes on my older rifles.  Would rather just pay $20 per hole for gunsmith to do it right.
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Re: Do you do your own gun smithing Poll?
« Reply #23 on: November 26, 2017, 08:03:38 AM »
I do it all but Iím also going to school in June so I can be a full time Smith.
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