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Chamfering: 45-degree cutter or honing?

Discussion in 'Gunsmithing and Repairs' started by Arizona_Mike, Feb 25, 2013.

  1. Arizona_Mike

    Arizona_Mike Senior Member

    Feb 15, 2013
    Every once and a while this old dog needs to learn a new trick.

    Back when I faced and chamfered muzzles in the 90s (with great results, BTW), the in thing was to face with a 90 cutter, crown with a 79 deg cutter, and then chamfer with a brass hemispherical hone and valve grinding compound. The one-caliber kits from Brownells had these three tools.

    The brass hone seems to have been replaced with a 45 degree cutter in recent years as the chamfering tool of choice. What are the advantages of each and how should I use the cutter?


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