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Micro Lathe

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by blarby, Mar 14, 2013.

  1. blarby

    blarby Well-Known Member

    Could anyone recommend me a micro lathe and duplicator jig usable for small lots of lathe turned bullets ?

    Thanks !
  2. kingmt

    kingmt Well-Known Member

    Never mind. It was a bad idea.
  3. kingmt

    kingmt Well-Known Member

    No answer. Still watching.
  4. jcwit

    jcwit Well-Known Member

  5. rcmodel

    rcmodel Member in memoriam

  6. Jesse Heywood

    Jesse Heywood Well-Known Member

  7. lakecitybrass

    lakecitybrass Well-Known Member

  8. kingmt

    kingmt Well-Known Member

    Glad I bumped this thread. I just bought the same one RC posted with a 20% of coupon. I think it cost me $15 to have it delivered. I got it Monday but haven't had a chance to plug it in yet.
  9. Shadow 7D

    Shadow 7D Well-Known Member

    CNC lathes could do it...
    BUT the cost would be prohibitive
    and they do have lathe turned bullets look at some of the .700 or .800 single shot
    they use a copper turned bullet
  10. blarby

    blarby Well-Known Member

    King- if you are going the route I am thinking of, please PM me when you post the thread- this seems like an awesome project....

    Plus, it saves me from havin to do it first. :p

    Thanks for your help, RC !
  11. kingmt

    kingmt Well-Known Member

    I'm not sure what your thinking but I've been wanting one for a long time. I've been bouncing back & forth on the mini or full size. I finally made the decision to just get both but I'm going to start with the mini till I learn how to use it.

    The biggest thing that pushed me into it is I want to make a punch to swage bullets.
  12. Kerf

    Kerf Well-Known Member

    Nosler used to make lathe turned bullets in .22 & 6mm. They were most accurate.

    Most barrel makers use a tracing lathe to duplicate barrel contours; as I recall they look to be a fairly simple device. Don't see why that wouldn't work for bullets.

  13. kingmt

    kingmt Well-Known Member

    Since it is just brass it would easy to make a jig to polish out the final product. It would be so slow tho.
  14. kingmt

    kingmt Well-Known Member

    Why not just grind a cutting tool to the shape that you want the bullet to be.

    Shape the bullet, polish, then cut to length. Now I really don't know what I'm talking about but the idea sounds good in my head. :)
  15. kingmt

    kingmt Well-Known Member

    Another idea is to use a CNC conversion.
  16. kingmt

    kingmt Well-Known Member

    Another idea: Take the lead screw out of your compound & build a jig with the bullet profile for it to ride against you could guide it by hand pressure.
  17. maxyedor

    maxyedor Well-Known Member

    Kingmt has the right idea assuming we're all talking about copper bullets. We've done lathe turned bullets for a friend of the shop in the past. We got a carbide cutter made on an EDM, it had the part-off built in so all you had to do is slowly run it straight in, bullet dropped and you clean up the ends, and advance the raw material to make another one.

    The guy we made them for lost interest in real guns and now geeks out on air guns, so we only ever made 100ish, still have half the original stick of material, and I think i have the tool laying around somewhere too. With a little refinement I'm sure I could have gotten them perfected with just a bit more work.
  18. blarby

    blarby Well-Known Member

    Good info fellas !


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