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Bob's Rifles, or Sporterizing some Turks - 4
Now we start on the barrels. First, 5-inches was cut off the end leaving 24-inches of barrel, and getting rid of any cleaning rod damage. Using a Brownells 11-degree chamfering cutter, new crown was developed.
One of the barrels in the lathe. A cleaning rod is inserted into the chamber end with the patch about two inches from the cutter. The tool has it's pilot, with a dab of oil applied, inserted in the end of the barrel. The cutting edges are seen above. Every once in a while the tool is removed, the patch is pushed thru, and withdrawn, the tool is cleaned of cuttings and oiled and reinstalled. I am holding the tool in a large tap handle, as my brother-in-law broke the factory handle off.
Lying on the bench is the tap handle with the Brownells tool, with it 8mm pilot standing proud. The tool is solid carbide, comes with a handle, (don't let your brother-in-law use it) and the pilots are bought individually. A barrel cut with the Brownells tool is on the right. The barrel on the left was chamfered using the mounted stone and carriage bolt.