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A few questions regarding threading a barrel

Discussion in 'General Firearm Discussion' started by RifleEnthusiast, Sep 8, 2013.

  1. RifleEnthusiast

    RifleEnthusiast Close to Oregon City Active Member

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    So this is info and a few questions I have regarding threading a barrel (specifically to install a suppressor on it), please correct me if any of my understanding is incorrect:
    1. Suppressor threads are somewhat "standard" (a known set of possibilities).
    2. A gunsmith should be able to thread a barrel given the thread size without having to have the actual suppressor, e.g. I see 1/2-28 mentioned quite a bit.
    3. Is it a fairly easy job to thread a barrel? prices I've seen seemed to be in the $100 range, is that true?
    4. What about thread protectors? I've seen some places sell them but they don't seem to be as common, can a gunsmith make a custom thread protector?
    5. I also imagine a gunsmith will not/need not mess up with the rifling while threading a barrel.

    Also if you guys have any recommendations for gunsmiths that would thread a rifle/handgun barrel around Portland Metro, that would be great. I am willing to pay a little extra for quality and meticulous work.
     
  2. jonn5335

    jonn5335 Longview Active Member

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    1. Yes, there are standard thread pitches for certain calibers.

    2. Yes, any qualified gunsmith should be able to thread a barrel fairly easy as it is a simple job.

    3. Yes, it is a fairly simple job but price ranges can differ greatly from one smith to the next and also dependent on the firearm(s) (I've heard from as little as $60 all the way up to $300).

    4. Yes, a gunsmith can make a custom thread protector and finish it to match the finish on your barrel.

    5. The rifling should not be touched unless the barrel is being shortened or it needs to be recrowned.

    I have no smith recomendations in the pdx area. Good luck
     
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  3. jbett98

    jbett98 NW Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    Call Tornado Technologies. They are very busy and they're always backed up with orders , but it's worth it in my opinion.
    The two suppressors I bought are 7 months away from picking up because of the ATBF, so I wasn't in a rush to get my barrels done.
    They do exceptional work and I highly recommend them.

    Address: 2020 NW Aloclek Dr #102, Hillsboro, OR 97124
    Phone: (503) 690-8000
     
  4. hoody

    hoody Tigard/Beaverton area Active Member

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    Here are DIY instructions from CNC Warrior (who sells the tools for the job):

    http://www.cncwarrior.com/v/vspfiles/Barrel_Threading.pdf

    Instructions include info on pitches and such.

    I threaded a couple barrels this way, but I'd recommend using a smith, particularly if for a can where precise concentricity may be crucial.

    There are several YouTube videos on this as well.
     
  5. WasrNwarpaint

    WasrNwarpaint Portland Well-Known Member

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    I buy a die and TAT (thread alignment tool) $60 approx, the tat makes the thread perfectly aligned ....pretty hard to screw it up

    I thread all my buddies guns then sold the tools on ebay and get my money back
     
  6. Frankenrifle

    Frankenrifle Clatskanie Active Member

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    This is what most people do. If you have more than one barrel to thread, DIY is going to save you money.
     
  7. teflon97239

    teflon97239 Portland, OR Well-Known Member

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    If you're thinking about threading your 10/22, I recommend Que.
    https://sites.google.com/site/quesplace/que-barrel-work
    [queboltwork@gmail.com]

    I'm not a DIY guy when it comes to machining anything. Que provided a used 10/22 barrel in excellent condition (better than my original), retained both sights, shortened the barrel to minimum legal length, threaded it and slid the front sight back for $115 shipped. I was shooting until the day it came in the mail and the swap took 30 minutes.

    Still a working stiff here, so "quick" and "easy" remain important words in my vocabulary. If I ever need the rifle stock again (for some weird reason) I can put the original barrel back on in 20 min.

    For anything else, try Tornado Tech locally. Great folks. Great work.
     
  8. Redcap

    Redcap Lewis County, WA Well-Known Member

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    Threading (barrel or otherwise) is gravy machine work.
     
  9. jbett98

    jbett98 NW Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    Considering the cost of a quality suppressor $475.00 and up, plus the $200.00 tax stamp and the super long wait.
    Why would anyone risk threading your own barrel to save a couple of bucks when you have one of the best companies located out in Hillsboro.
     
  10. WasrNwarpaint

    WasrNwarpaint Portland Well-Known Member

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    its not black magic its not even gun smithing, like I said I do my buddies when i buy dies & tats .........if it were a risk I wouldnt stick my neck out
     
  11. jbett98

    jbett98 NW Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    Do you have any pics showing the results of a threading job done at home.
    What about doing left handed metric threads. Are those tools readily available?
     
  12. WasrNwarpaint

    WasrNwarpaint Portland Well-Known Member

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    yes the left hand metric are easily obtained I did my wasr10 AK47 and my SKS, even chopped & threaded my saiga 12ga

    I can get you pics but there is nothing to see.... same threads you find anywhere, just on a gun barrel , one issue one may have and its not an issue just needs to be thought out first is clocking the threads in the event a crush washer is not desirable or possible, one may want a suppressor or a Can to stop in an exact position, this is where clocking the threads needs to be thought about prior

    I actually have another LF metric die & TAT set for the AK47's another couple buddies wanted help, like I said I sell them and get the money back so no big deal to help out my pals and I have a pair of TAT's for the 2 sizes of 22LR and the appropriate die again to help my buds
    these tools will be available for purchase shortly

    Since I have another SKS to do I can make a video and show how simple it is