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A little time on the lathe

#1 Post by Fukshot » Wed Mar 20, 2013 10:24 pm

I made myself some loading tools today.

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-Brass 16 gauge x 2 1/2" freshly loaded with 2 1/2 drams of FFg and 1oz mixed 7s and 8s
-(at rear) Support tube, case rests on this tube (inverted) to be primed on arbor press
-(at front) Decapping punch
-(at rear) Powder/shot measure - I turned off the rim, but this is a .500 S&W case, perfect size
-(at front) Decapping and loading base (keeps primer off the deck while pushing down the innards of a live shell)
-Rammer - it has sharpie marks from my first time through, making sure everything was seating how it should. Tomorrow it gets a line turned on it to indicate proper wad compression.

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#2 Post by Simmer down » Wed Mar 20, 2013 10:34 pm

Nice. I would go nuts if I had access to real tools.
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#3 Post by GuitarsandGuns » Wed Mar 20, 2013 10:39 pm

Gawd that's beautiful!

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#4 Post by CDFingers » Wed Mar 20, 2013 10:44 pm

Nicely done!

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#5 Post by Fukshot » Wed Mar 20, 2013 10:48 pm

To be clear (realized I might not have been) the loaded shell is Magtech. I didn't make that on the lathe.

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#6 Post by Mason » Wed Mar 20, 2013 10:51 pm

Excellent work! :)
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#7 Post by Fukshot » Wed Mar 20, 2013 11:27 pm

Thanks for the kind words. Especially kind from Mason, who does this kind of stuff too.

I was sitting around with the calipers and the calculator and a bunch of medium-large cases trying to figure out which case to cut down to what length to get a 2.5 dram powder measure (which is also a 1oz shot measure). The .500 Magnum came out exactly right as-is. Everybody file that away in the back of your heads for the zombie apocalypse.

The one thing I discovered in this process that really seems worth passing on is that the Magtech brass shells have pretty roughly formed primer pockets. I haven't got a reamer for them on hand, but I'm getting one. Some of the primers sit high, even though they are fully seated. Not a big deal as long as I don't snap the gun shut on them vigorously, but it inspired me to only load shells on the base with a hole where the primer is.

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#8 Post by DoctorB » Wed Mar 20, 2013 11:35 pm

Simmer down wrote:Nice. I would go nuts if I had access to real tools.
I would need to file a Form-1 right away!
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#9 Post by JoelB » Thu Mar 21, 2013 11:42 am

Fukshot wrote:To be clear (realized I might not have been) the loaded shell is Magtech. I didn't make that on the lathe.
About the only thing I use my lathe for anymore is to thin the rims on Magtech 24 and 32 ga brass shells as part of the process of turning them into big bore British cartridges.

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Re: A little time on the lathe

#10 Post by Fukshot » Thu Mar 21, 2013 8:48 pm

So...

I took the rammer in to the shop today. I was going to cut a little groove in it to mark how far in to the case it gets pushed for proper wad compression. One thing led to another and the next thing I know, I'm figuring what the best way to chuck a tagua nut in the lathe. Tagua nuts are big and inedible and are also known as vegetable ivory. I had a couple laying around (like ya do).

Here's my new 16 gauge shotshell rammer:

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#11 Post by Simmer down » Thu Mar 21, 2013 8:53 pm

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#12 Post by wlewisiii » Thu Mar 21, 2013 9:15 pm

Oh, my little stars & comets. Beautiful work. Such amazingly beautiful work...

If I didn't have a gazillion projects already demanding all my money I'd beg to buy a set like that from you.
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#13 Post by Fukshot » Thu Mar 21, 2013 9:30 pm

I didn't realize how much glare there was in the first photo. Here's some closer shots so you can see the detail.

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Re: A little time on the lathe

#14 Post by Fukshot » Fri Mar 22, 2013 7:30 pm

After getting carried away yesterday, I continued the theme today. I re-made the measure and the decapping base.

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#15 Post by Fukshot » Sat Apr 06, 2013 11:32 am

...and the decapping punch. I used the pin and retainer from an old die, so the pin can be replaced if it ever gets bent or broken. This is 4140 chromoly and I'll be bluing it this weekend some time, but I took some snaps in the white because it will probably show the details better than the final color.

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#16 Post by drigeba » Tue Jul 15, 2014 11:19 am

Sure looks like the work of a master machinist...

It is nice to have the right tool for the job..

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Re: A little time on the lathe

#17 Post by SailDesign » Tue Jul 15, 2014 11:24 am

I wish I had space for a metal lathe.... Stuck with wood for now, unless it can be free-handed on the watch-makers' lathe. Must. Expand. Shop. :)
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Re: A little time on the lathe

#18 Post by Fukshot » Tue Jul 15, 2014 11:26 am

90% of the tools in this post could be free-handed on a watchmakers lathe. I did all of this on a little Sherline.

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#19 Post by gendoikari » Tue Jul 15, 2014 11:39 am

Fukshot wrote:90% of the tools in this post could be free-handed on a watchmakers lathe. I did all of this on a little Sherline.
what would the exact cost for all this to set up be?
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#20 Post by Fukshot » Tue Jul 15, 2014 11:56 am

gendoikari wrote:
Fukshot wrote:90% of the tools in this post could be free-handed on a watchmakers lathe. I did all of this on a little Sherline.
what would the exact cost for all this to set up be?
The tools I made this stuff on, or for me to make a set of these tools for someone?

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#21 Post by spara » Tue Jul 15, 2014 1:53 pm

Wow, just wow! It's so rare to see someone make anything by hand that it's a rare treat.

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#22 Post by gendoikari » Tue Jul 15, 2014 2:08 pm

Fukshot wrote:
gendoikari wrote:
Fukshot wrote:90% of the tools in this post could be free-handed on a watchmakers lathe. I did all of this on a little Sherline.
what would the exact cost for all this to set up be?
The tools I made this stuff on, or for me to make a set of these tools for someone?
the tools you made them on, it'd be a fun hobby
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Re: A little time on the lathe

#23 Post by Fukshot » Tue Jul 15, 2014 2:19 pm

Depending on what machine you might pick, anywhere from about 500 to 1000, plus a variety of files, hacksaw and a vice, sharpening stones, drill bits, taps and dies, etc.

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Re: A little time on the lathe

#24 Post by Fukshot » Tue Jul 15, 2014 2:29 pm

spara wrote:Wow, just wow! It's so rare to see someone make anything by hand that it's a rare treat.
Thanks. Making things is my day job AND my hobby.

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#25 Post by Mason » Tue Jul 15, 2014 2:40 pm

Fukshot wrote:
spara wrote:Wow, just wow! It's so rare to see someone make anything by hand that it's a rare treat.
Thanks. Making things is my day job AND my hobby.
I am pretty totally over making things right now! I really don't feel like stepping back into my workshop so I guess I'll just go and do that. I am getting paid, I am getting paid, I am getting paid....
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