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    barrel set up with lathes

    Hi guys can I ask if you use a spider on your lathes for barrel work like screw cutting and crowning or do you a fixed steady? What do you find better a 3 jaw or 4 jaw chuck and do you use bushing to protect the barrel? If anyone has any picture this would also be great

    Thank you for your help adrian

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    No spider or steady, no need for barrel work IMO unless your working between centres. I use alloy and nylon bushes I machined up for the double bore to keep the barrel steady...works perfectly!
    4 jaw every time, even though my 3 jaw is about .003 out give or take. Always use something to protect your barrel.
    Last edited by Jager SA; 29-01-2014 at 19:51.

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    Outboard side





    Inboard Side

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    Hi jager sa I don't suppose you have any pictures of your set up do you?
    Cheers redmist I like the set up you have there is that a brass ring you have on the chuck end? What are you using to take the reading off on the out board end

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    Pin gauges in bore which are sized in .0001" increment and .0001" Inter - rapid Dial indicators

    Allows me to dial in to zero run out (or as close as possible)

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    Tanks for the reply redmist I did wonder as from what i have read and seen on u tube etc a lot of people take the runout readings for within the bore it's self do you find the pin gauges a better way?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Redmist View Post
    Outboard side





    Inboard Side

    Brings back find memories!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by adrian0100 View Post
    Hi jager sa I don't suppose you have any pictures of your set up do you?
    Cheers redmist I like the set up you have there is that a brass ring you have on the chuck end? What are you using to take the reading off on the out board end
    My set up is similar to Redmist, I use the pin gauge set as well, wouldn't be without it, invaluable piece of kit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nowler View Post
    Brings back find memories!!!

    Had minor mods since in your hands mate, but essentially the same..

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    I do it in the head stock similar to red mist with a 4 jaw front and a 4 jaw spider at rear
    I dial of the grooves and top of lands works great get zero runout this way for me
    also use copper/ brass wire for barrel to swivel on when making adjustments while dialling in otherwise it will bind and twist the barrel
    i believe it's the best way to do barrel work for near zero chamber runout

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