Tag: Gunsmithing

6.5x47mm Build: Uintah Precision UPR-10 Hybrid AR

Originally Posted on utlimatereloader.com I’ve been curious about 6.5x47mm Lapua (the cartridge) for quite a while! This handloaders-oriented cartridge is similar to other cartridges like 6.5 Creedmoor, but offers some advantages that I’ll explore in this article, and future articles. I’ve also wanted to try Triebel Reamers (from Germany), and to build a barrel for […]

TESTED: 4D Reamer Rentals (Counterbore Lathe Job)

Also posted on Ultimate Reloader! Have you ever had a one-off job that involved a special tool? How about when that tool can take months to get? That’s where tool rental RULES. And for gunsmithing tools (namely reamers) there’s a solution for that: it’s 4D Reamer Rentals at 4drentals.com! In this story, I used 4D […]

True Bore Alignment System In-Depth

Also published on our sister site: Ultimate Reloader. If you’re working as a gunsmith on rifle barrels, actions, or related parts, chances are that you spend a lot of time with critical alignment. Every time you go to machine these parts you’ll need precise alignment with your lathe spindle. And these alignment tasks can eat […]

DRO Install on Precision Matthews PM-728V-T

No milling machine is complete without a DRO, and I’ve finally installed one on my Precision Matthews PM-728V-T! Now I can use this machine to its full potential! In this article I’ll give an in-depth review of the MagXact magnetic 3-axis DRO that’s optional with the Precision Matthews PM-728V-T. What’s In the Box Here’s all […]

How-To: Align Z-Axis Power Feed Install for Precision Matthews PM-949TV Mill

If you’ve run a Bridgeport-style vertical milling machine, you’ve probably worn your arm out cranking the table up and down. I know I have! And now it’s time to add a much-anticipated Z-Axis power feed for my Precision Matthews PM-949TV milling machine! What’s In the Box The ALIGN Z-Axis power feed comes with everything you’ll […]

Hands-On: NEW Precision Matthews PM-728VT Precision Bench Mill

I decided it was time to add another milling machine to my lineup! And this time I’d go smaller- I already have a Precision Matthews PM-949TV (9″ x 49″ Bridgeport clone), but for some jobs, smaller is better. It will also be nice to have a mill that I can leave setup for things like […]

3-Phase for the Shop: Static Phase Converters -vs- Rotary Phase Converters -vs- Variable Frequency Drives

So you are the proud owner of a heavy piece of iron with one or more 3-phase motors. Welcome to the club! These machines old and new can represent a great bargain either at auction, or via private sale. Heavy machinery with 3-phase power is difficult to move, and requires a power conversion option if […]

iGaging EZ Data Micrometers: Overview, Measurement, Data Logging

When you get into serious precision work, you need the ability to measure with a high degree of precision and accuracy. When I’m chambering match-grade rifles, “tenths matter” (0.0001″). When I decided to upgrade micrometers, I knew I needed tenth-level resolution/accuracy, and wanted to cover a 0-3″ measurement range. The new iGaging EZ Data micrometer […]

Winchester 70 Rebarrel Part 3: Tools of the Trade

Complex gunsmithing jobs require a lot of specialized tooling, and some common shop tools as well. In this post, I’ll walk through the tools and supplies I used during the rebarelling of my Winchester Model 70. There are a lot of options when it comes to tooling setups, and that will be a focus of […]

Winchester 70 Rebarrel Part 1: Overview

Metalworking and shooting are both passions of mine, so it follows that gunsmithing would be a natural fit. For me, here’s a powerful draw towards gunsmithing projects that involve accurizing, enhancing, and re-building firearms. So when I discovered that my Winchester Model 70 Heavy Varmint 22-250 rifle needed a new barrel fitted, I dreamed about […]