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Discussion in 'Gunsmithing and Repairs' started by 45R, Feb 8, 2003.

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  1. 45R

    45R Member

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    I made this little tool to put the sear spring back in when reassembling my 226 after a detailed field strip. The little notch helps push the pin back in. :) Very handy, prevents me from cutting my fingers on the reciever. :)

    The little notch can be cut with a small file. I used a dremel.

    What other inventions have THR guys come up with to put back together your favorite toys.

    :)
     

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  2. Bainx

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    I don't have a digital camera but my home-made snap-cap-rod is probably not worthy of a great photo.
    At any rate, for all of my milsurp rifles I have a wood dowel rod that I put down the muzzle after cleaning to allow for the dry fire before putting the gun away. On the end of the rod is glued a pencil eraser. Insert the rod, push hard and dry fire.
    I also have one for my shot guns. The rod is a piece of rigid copper pipe with a circular piece of hard rubber attached to the end.
     
  3. Badger Arms

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    ACK, I'm away from home right now. I took some tubing, a hacksaw, and a file and made a tool to remove the firing pin from the Enfield SMLE. It's crude, but it works.
     
  4. DT Guy

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    Don't really need a photo...

    I keep a few .308 cases (with the neck crushed flat in a vise) around my cleaning kit. Good for scraping lead and gunk off a gun without hurting the bluing, and perfect for depressing the plunger when putting on the safety and slide stop of a 1911.

    And did I mention...CHEAP....?

    Larry
     
  5. Pistolsmith

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    I have several drawers full of shop-made tools, accessories and fixtures that are not comercially available. Perhaps we should begin a collection and publish a book on the subject. I know a publisher who is willing to cooperate.
     
  6. hubel458

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    I have a bigger tool I used for wildcatting.

    I used a wood lathe with a Jacobs chuck to make a case spinner
    for starting shoulders on my wildcat belted cartridges.Used a
    sharp edge file in a holder, to start belt and then swaged the
    rest. Cartridge is the 458 Hubel Express.It is 3.45 in long, with
    a straight side, and headspace length of .235.Here is picture
    of cartridges next to 458Win--

    [​IMG]

    I will have to get a picture made of the lathe also.Ed.
     
  7. larryw

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    My favorite is a paper clip I use on those occasions I strip my Ruger Mk II. Slip it under the mainspring takedown hook, pull, and you're golden (and didn't scratch the frame).
     
  8. hubel458

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    Here is picture of cartridge spinner.

    It is made from wood lathe with jacobs chuck running low
    rpms.I start belt shoulder with a file in a special guide to
    get headspace right.The swage brass to get rest of belt and
    case shape.Shown is BMG brass for my big .625 belted wildcat
    developement.Ed.

    [​IMG]
     
  9. plateshooter

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    Hocky Puck

    I keep a Hockey Puck in my range tools box. It's great when you have to move a sight in a dovetail etc. The rubber is soft enough to keep from scratching the gun, and hard enough to support the barrel when using a hammer and brass punch.
     
  10. DT Guy

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    I like the hockey puck! The ultimate cheapo bench block, here I come!

    Larry
     
  11. Clark

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    This is a bolt head holder, so I can put a 303 bolt head in a big lathe chuck.

    I solder on a shim and then machine it all flat and round, so that I can control headspace.
     

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  12. Clark

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    This is a spider I built, which is to center the barrel muzzle that sticks out of the left side of the headstock when rebarreling.
     

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    I took an old tooth brush and cut the head off I then shaped the plastic stub so it would fit into the slide grooves of a 1911 with a patch wrapped around it. Makes cleaning out the crud easier.
     
  14. Wyobuckaroo

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    Homemade tools

    Howdy
    I knew this was here, just took a while to find this subject. One little thing I have made and used over the years is a pin punch made out of a 4"or so piece of cold rolled mild steel with a smll hole drilled in one end about 1/4" deep and a RCBS size large replaceable primer decaping pin wedged into it. It gives you a pin about 5/8" long that is handy for lining up parts to insert the retaining pin. You can not pound on them very hard. They bend.

    I have two of them usualy. One with the normal rounded end on the pin and another that I have stoned the end of the pin flat. Good luck
    Wyo
     
  15. If anyone is interested, I have quite a few plans for making tools for working on winchester firearms as well as some others. I would be happy to copy and mail them for a couple of bucks to cover my costs. E-mail me if interested. Brownells Gunsmithing Kinks series of books also contains plans for many tools.
    The last tool I made was for holding the shell stops in a Rem shotgun for staking. Just take a medium size bolt and cut it about one quarter of an inch shorter than the inside of the receiver. Turn a pin to .180" and make it about 1 inch longer than the width of the receiver ( I put a knob on one end ). Drill a hole thru the center of the bolt just over.180". Then get a nylon tube that will that you can tap the inside of that will screw over the bolt ( the building supply stores have the nylon tubes ). Cut the tube shorter than the lenth of the threads on the bolt. To use, place the bolt with the nylon tube threaded onto the bolt into the receiver and put the pin thru the receiver and bolt, then tighten the sleeve until tight against the receiver and shell stops. Holds them in place tightly so that you can stake the stops. You can buy a commercial tool to do the same thing, but this one costs less than a buck.
    When buying pin punches, get them at Sears. When you bend em and break em you can get them replaced for free.
    Good Shooting, John K
    P. S. The idea of a book of plans would be great. Even common gunsmithing tools would be great if measurements were included.
     
  16. Yea, I know, I posted the last one twice:banghead:

    One other cheap tool for removing stock bolts. Cut several lenths of 1/2" aluminum electrical tubing for differant depths. Drop the tubing into the bolt hole of your gunstock and the your screwdriver into the tubing. Keeps you from blowing out the side of the stock if your screwdriver slips off of the screw head. Just don't forget to remove the tubing before putting the pad back on.
    John K
     
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    Aside from various sized cut-off bolts with the cut end rounded and buffed to be used in straightening out deformed case mouths, I haven't made anything else.

    Something I am working on is a quick unloader for 94 Carbines. I made one out of a split-down-the-middle '06 case with a lip to go inside the loading gate. I need to figure out some sort of an escapement to unload one cartridge at a time, because right now, when you get the little "gutter" thing lined up in the loading gate, you unload the entire magazine in about a sixtieth of a second. You also don't want to do it around your wife's figurine collection. I would like to get this gadget right, because it is a pain in the patootie unloading lever actions. :mad:
     
  18. Clark

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    My brother's spider
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    The flatened 308 case neck mentioned by Larry earlier in this thread, also works wonderfully for cleaning files. Much better than a file card as the brass conforms to the profle of the file.
    If a person uses a file much it is good to know that by "loading the file with chauk" it will eliminate much of the galling on your work piece and you will achieve a better finish.

    Vern
     
  21. Clark

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    This shows how a spider is used to dial in the muzzle on the left hand side of the tailstock for cutting chambers and threads on a rifle barrel.
     

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  22. Tinkerer

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    I made a tool for removing the slotted nut from Ruger single action cylinder pin retainer. I took a hollow-ground screwdriver bit and removed the center of the bit with my Dremel tool. Voila!
     
  23. Clark

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    Tinkerer,
    You could use that to take appart your microwave oven as well:)
     
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    I made a spanner the same as Tinkerer but I used a cheap chinese screwdriver as a base. I use it to install and remove the front sight in my Glock 24P. I also had to slot the hex head screw it came with. There just wasn't enough clearance for the intended socket driver with the extended slide.
     
  25. Clark

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    I made a scope mount/ring welding fixture to put a FAC AK47 cast steel mount [cut down to 1/3 it's size] on a 91/30 reciever.
     

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