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Rifling Machines & Methods

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Rifling Machines & Methods

Rifling Machines and Methods by Clifford F. LaBounty I was in the reboring and rerifling business for approximately thirty years. I wrote this book with one thought constantly in the back of my mind: what information did I wish I had been able to find when I started out to become a barrel maker. The following Table of Contents, with a brief synopsis of each chapter, will tell you what I wish I had known, and probably, what you would like to know about rifling by someone who has done it.  Perhaps you want to explore what you would need to make...

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LaBounty Bolt Fixture

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LaBounty Bolt Fixture

The LaBounty bolt fixture, action truing sleeve and receiver mandrels are a set of tools used in the process of accurizing bolt action rifles.  You may have heard of accurizing rifles, sometimes referred to as blueprinting, but not fully understood what is involved or how it is done. The following is a brief description of the process and the reasons behind each step of the process. The explanations that follow are for bolt action rifles. There are some things that can be done to improve the accuracy of other types of rifles, but these tools...

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LaBounty Truing Sleeve

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LaBounty Truing Sleeve

The bolt fixture takes care of holding the bolt to perform the necessary machining operations.  The action truing sleeve is a sacrificial piece of tooling that has a hole diameter that is a close fit on the outside diameter of the action.  By mounting the action on a mandrel that is a close fit in the bolt raceway, and the sleeve onto the front receiver ring, and then placing the whole unit between centers in the lathe and turning the sleeve, then a surface that is concentric to the bolt raceway is created. (Look at the picture below). The...

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LaBounty Stamping Guide

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LaBounty Stamping Guide

One of the more vexing problems of the Gunsmith is marking the caliber on a new barrel.  Nothing shouts out amateur like poorly aligned letters and numerals.  Two excellent methods are the pantograph and electro-chemical marking.  The cost of either method is cost prohibitive for the small shop owner.  The design of the LaBounty Stamping Guide allows for good alignment and proper spacing of characters, at an easily affordable price, for even the smallest shop.  Shims between letters and numerals allow only a fixed spacing.  Our guide...

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