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by Baffled
Sun Apr 19, 2015 3:18 pm
Forum: Silencersmithing Forum
Topic: Historian's Resource Page
Replies: 99
Views: 18283

Re: Historian's Resource Page Tipman / Browning M-2

A Historian link. One is never too old or jaded not to learn from, let alone appreciate, top notch machining techniques. For your visual enjoyment and edification. << http://www.homegunsmith.com/archive/T25658.html >>[/ :oops: You found my baby belt fed from the home gunsmith site! Man, that was a ...
by Baffled
Sun Apr 19, 2015 2:59 pm
Forum: Silencer Talk
Topic: If you knew then what you know now...
Replies: 22
Views: 2387

Re: If you knew then what you know now...

Oh wow, this one is way too easy. There was an ad in a gun magazine that had M1 carbines for $99. "It served your father... it'll serve you as well." This wasn't THAT long ago. The little carbines could be found by the dozen in any pawn store for less than a hundred bucks. And these were originals, ...
by Baffled
Mon Jul 28, 2014 9:42 am
Forum: Silencersmithing Forum
Topic: Cool projects that you have done.
Replies: 78
Views: 11556

Re: Cool projects that you have done.

Thanks! Is there a significant difference between the "Fortal" aluminum, and regular ol' 7075-T6?
by Baffled
Tue Jul 22, 2014 9:13 pm
Forum: Silencersmithing Forum
Topic: Cool projects that you have done.
Replies: 78
Views: 11556

Re: Cool projects that you have done.

@Whisperfan, if I didn't say it before, I'll do it now, or again... your rests are beautiful pieces of work. I know the care and effort that went into them. And the crisp corners, the knurling, fit & finish, everything associated with the adjustments, reminds me of fine Swiss tooling and fixturing. ...
by Baffled
Sun Jun 29, 2014 10:15 am
Forum: Silencersmithing Forum
Topic: Now available DIY felony kit
Replies: 26
Views: 46287

Re: Now available DIY felony kit

I'm a libertarian, don't care what people do so long as no one else is hurt, or no one else's rights are misused. That said, those components are a "wink wink" deal right along with ornate glass bongs and vaporizers sold with the note "Enjoy your TOBACCO with these fine products." The bongs are for ...
by Baffled
Tue Jun 17, 2014 10:16 am
Forum: Silencersmithing Forum
Topic: Now available DIY felony kit
Replies: 26
Views: 46287

Re: Now available DIY felony kit

I'm almost tempted to file a form 1, get it approved, then be all over that web site buying all sorts of crap. When the ATF comes a' knocking - or when they blow your door off its frame and shoot your dog - and they find your mag-lite silencer, and get that "Oh we got you now sucker" look on their f...
by Baffled
Mon Jun 02, 2014 9:44 am
Forum: Silencersmithing Forum
Topic: Using an Aluminum tube
Replies: 7
Views: 1641

Re: Using an Aluminum tube

Yeah, I'm a bit lost as well. If you want to use mostly aluminum, first, be sure it's 7075-T6, worth every penny in strength, hardness, and machineability. I get into constant arguments with certain numb-nuts on another board who think it cannot possibly be both harder AND stronger than cold roll 10...
by Baffled
Sat May 31, 2014 10:38 am
Forum: Survival / Preparedness
Topic: Cardio. Or what have you done to prepare yourself today
Replies: 24
Views: 63612

Re: Cardio. Or what have you done to prepare yourself today

Thanks, good info. I am one of those fortunates who have silly low cholesterol numbers, just a genetic thing. Thank God, or I'd probably be dead already the way I ate for years. Funny story - in 1980 or thereabouts, they were just starting to pay attention to cholesterol. In the military, I was part...
by Baffled
Wed May 28, 2014 9:41 am
Forum: Survival / Preparedness
Topic: Cardio. Or what have you done to prepare yourself today
Replies: 24
Views: 63612

Re: Cardio. Or what have you done to prepare yourself today

Good on ya! If I may ask, what BP had your doc nervous? I am borderline hypertensive, usually clock in at about 130 or 135 over 75/80. I've heard that the second number is more important than the first number. So 135/70 is preferable to 120/95... and my pulse is nice and slow even though I'm not wha...
by Baffled
Tue May 27, 2014 5:46 pm
Forum: Silencersmithing Forum
Topic: My first milling machine!
Replies: 44
Views: 4579

Re: My first milling machine!

I should have mentioned this earlier too, but because it's installed in my shop, and I use it so often, it's not in my thoughts much. But a VFD is an amazing addition to what starts as a step-pulley mill, which most small ones are. My own started life as a 3 phase step pulley with two electric speed...
by Baffled
Tue May 27, 2014 4:24 pm
Forum: Survival / Preparedness
Topic: Cardio. Or what have you done to prepare yourself today
Replies: 24
Views: 63612

Re: Cardio. Or what have you done to prepare yourself today

Update for me... Still at it. I don't run, hate it, but I walk like an idiot. If walking bores anybody, get a gun dog if you have the room, and walk them into woods and fields. They go bat s--t crazy with joy, chase rabbits and squirrels. I have shock and vibrate collars on all of them. It keeps thi...
by Baffled
Tue May 27, 2014 4:18 pm
Forum: Silencersmithing Forum
Topic: My first milling machine!
Replies: 44
Views: 4579

Re: My first milling machine!

Dr. K, once you upgrade, that mill will perform duties as a stout drill press and 2nd operation mill. Or, you can sell it. But once you go knee, you'll never go back. Next I really want a DRO & at least X axis power feed but don't want to spend the $ on either. I still have a Dillon 650 or 1050 on m...
by Baffled
Thu May 22, 2014 10:23 am
Forum: Silencersmithing Forum
Topic: What muzzle threads for 375 Whelen barrel?
Replies: 1
Views: 355

Re: What muzzle threads for 375 Whelen barrel?

Not an expert in materials and pressure, but a 3/4" thread to me sounds like overkill. How about a compromise, a 0.687" thread?

Of course if you go 3/4", there's zero wrong with that. I think that anything above 1/2" will be fine.
by Baffled
Thu May 22, 2014 10:20 am
Forum: Silencersmithing Forum
Topic: Fast and dirty monocore machined today.
Replies: 11
Views: 2418

Re: Fast and dirty monocore machined today.

So... how's it sound? :D
by Baffled
Thu May 22, 2014 10:14 am
Forum: Silencersmithing Forum
Topic: My first milling machine!
Replies: 44
Views: 4579

Re: My first milling machine!

Very nice, room to move and work. Almost all of us have many of the old model engineering books written by the original Tubal Cain and others, the "Workshop Series". The majority of those guys were in the U.K. Lots of pictures of British shops, and they were almost all about 4' x 8', a garden shed a...
by Baffled
Wed May 21, 2014 9:53 am
Forum: Silencersmithing Forum
Topic: My first milling machine!
Replies: 44
Views: 4579

Re: My first milling machine!

Nice! Love the grill. Love your back yard too, looks very rural and peaceful. You'll do nothing but find more and more tasks that you either put off before, or were simply unable to do, are within reach. As for jigs and fixtures, to me there are two sorts... The first, less common, is a specialized ...
by Baffled
Sat May 17, 2014 9:42 am
Forum: Silencersmithing Forum
Topic: Changing chucks & indicating a 4 jaw issue
Replies: 29
Views: 1552

Re: Changing chucks & indicating a 4 jaw issue

I have a set of those mandrels almost identical to what's pictured. Problem is I don't have an allen wrench long enough to reach in & tighten them. Guess I could use a bit on a socket extension to do it - never tried that. If I have the right size, I'll try one next time I mess with a tube to see i...
by Baffled
Fri May 16, 2014 2:11 pm
Forum: Silencersmithing Forum
Topic: Changing chucks & indicating a 4 jaw issue
Replies: 29
Views: 1552

Re: Changing chucks & indicating a 4 jaw issue

http://www.micro-machine-shop.com/expanding_arbor_set_1.jpg These things are AWESOMELY useful. Over the years, I have bought 3 sets, and I now have a huge box full of them all partially turned to odd diameters and lengths. They rarely stay as they come out of the box for very long. They are a mild ...
by Baffled
Fri May 16, 2014 2:04 pm
Forum: Silencersmithing Forum
Topic: Historian's Resource Page
Replies: 99
Views: 18283

Re: Historian's Resource Page

Recently I had to make some replacement screws for a 1920's piece... I hope that the gods of metal turning do not put a HEX on you. :) Could be useful addition to mini-lathe. << http://madmodder.net/index.php/topic,9489.0.html >> GREAT find Historian! Damned clever. I thought I had seen just about ...
by Baffled
Wed May 14, 2014 10:20 am
Forum: Silencersmithing Forum
Topic: Changing chucks & indicating a 4 jaw issue
Replies: 29
Views: 1552

Re: Changing chucks & indicating a 4 jaw issue

On the tube... even if you aren't deforming it, the typical stainless tube, even DOM let alone welded, aren't round, or even close in machinist terms. What you do is average the runout; get it as close as you can, and go to work on it. One trick I've done a couple of times when I'm really desperate ...
by Baffled
Fri May 09, 2014 12:14 pm
Forum: Silencersmithing Forum
Topic: My first milling machine!
Replies: 44
Views: 4579

Re: My first milling machine!

It's all bright and shiny beautiful iron and steel right now. You'll plug along for weeks, maybe months, keeping it looking like it does right now. At some point, you'll surrender, and she'll start to stain. No big deal. Just don't ever let real rust take hold. Look into gadgets and gew-gaws for Kur...
by Baffled
Tue May 06, 2014 9:45 am
Forum: Silencersmithing Forum
Topic: My first milling machine!
Replies: 44
Views: 4579

Re: My first milling machine!

Ok, update......I've now spent as much on mill tooling/holding as I have on the machine itself. :lol: And, I don't have any of it yet. :lol: I'm going to Texarkana Wed to the steel yard, and getting some heavy 2" square tube and am going to do an all welded adjustable steel machine table, so I'll b...
by Baffled
Mon May 05, 2014 10:54 am
Forum: Silencersmithing Forum
Topic: My first milling machine!
Replies: 44
Views: 4579

Re: My first milling machine!

Tentatively agree with Mystic on the face mill thing, but if the $$ is there, and you have the sort of work that needs a large, flat surface, they are sooo useful, and a joy to use. Speaking of joy, back when eBay was new and there were still bargains to be had, the Lovejoy corporation (mostly into ...
by Baffled
Sat May 03, 2014 2:07 pm
Forum: Silencersmithing Forum
Topic: My first milling machine!
Replies: 44
Views: 4579

Re: My first milling machine!

EDIT: Just bought a brand new Kurt D688 2 minutes ago.....ahhhh, that feels better to get that out of the way. :lol: Appreciate the words... you'll appreciate that vise even more. Your back will appreciate it if you take care when lifting it, they are massive! Which is good, soaks up vibration and ...
by Baffled
Sat May 03, 2014 8:22 am
Forum: Silencersmithing Forum
Topic: My first milling machine!
Replies: 44
Views: 4579

Re: My first milling machine!

1) A GOOD vise, Kurt-STYLE. A genuine Kurt vise will make you smile every time you use it. If it has the Kurt label. it'll be accurate. If it's a Chinee knock-off, get references first, some of them are out many thousandths, and that literally makes it a boat anchor. 2) Once you've got your Kurt sty...