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Thread: Chopping a chromed barrel

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    Chopping a chromed barrel

    Hi guys, thinking of taking at least 6" off my Baikal 223, it has a chromed barrel, any 'extra care' involved like chipping?....or should i just grow a pair and put it in the lathe......
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    Try a test a bit further up.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gibo View Post
    Try a test a bit further up.
    Thought of that....but being well acquainted with 'sods law' it will work on the 'small piece' and splinter like fuk on the finished article!!!!!
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    well i'm going with 'grow a pair'
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    Buddy - got some really nice moderate 223 loads with 55gr blitzkings for you to try...

    Can't wait to try on a few Goats but they sure smash the hell out of some liquid filled 1.5L and old oil containers aka test #1.

    Might have to drop a few off to you to try ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Carpe Diem View Post
    Buddy - got some really nice moderate 223 loads with 55gr blitzkings for you to try...

    Can't wait to try on a few Goats but they sure smash the hell out of some liquid filled 1.5L and old oil containers aka test #1.

    Might have to drop a few off to you to try ?

    Sweet....bring em bro.....
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    Make a cast and machine through that. That way, nothing to chip off cause there's something both sides of the chrome.

    I would suggest to not use carbide, but go for a really f**king sharp (like, razor shaving sharp) HSS bit so that it doesn't roll the chrome up.

    That would be my experience of turning off chromed hydraulic spears, which are pretty sodding hard and pretty nasty to machine. If you can cut up to the rifling and then cut back from the inside out as well - but that is a w.a.g....

    I think the idea of cutting it off with a grinder or abrasive (stick an earplug up the barrel on the long end, stop any bits getting into the chamber) and then you have an ample chunk of barrel to get the technique sorted with.

    I will say, there can be a difference in machining from one end of a spear to the other, so you are right to say that you'd get one good cut and the next stuffs up. The gods of machining can be harsh and cruel!

    Also, keep the tool bit sharp. Not unheard of to have to touch up after each cut with chrome plating...

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    Big thanks mauser, i have never machined chrome before, so thought I would put up this before I even attempt it....If I ever do!!!!!!!
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    OK guys, another question, if i wanted to use this to say 200 mts max (please dont reply 'get another rifle!') and its barrel has a 1 in 12" twist (223 Rem) what would be the 'minimum' barrel length required?....as i cant add on after its chopped.....
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    Do you have a welder? You could add it back on when you plan on shooting long range

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    Quote Originally Posted by Toby View Post
    Do you have a welder? You could add it back on when you plan on shooting long range
    When i did weld....many moons ago....my nickname at the time,(ive had many, too many, sigh) was 'seagull shit'.....i have inclination to go back there my man!!!!!!!!
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    Anything above minimum length - IF you can handle the muzzle blast and reloading bollocks to get the performance back.

    Would suggest 16" as a minimum, a lot of hunting guys I know prefer 18-20" with supressors. anything less than that, you really have to handload to get the performance back.
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    Cheers Mauser....
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