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Barrel cut and recrown near Olympia

Discussion in 'Maintenance & Gunsmithing' started by Ron Eagle Elk, Jun 3, 2012.

  1. Ron Eagle Elk

    Ron Eagle Elk Outside Ft Lewis East Gate Active Member

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    Looking for a reliable gunsmith to cut the barrel on my Remmy 700 and recrown the barrel. I'm near Olympia, WA. Any suggestions?
     
  2. BANE

    BANE Battle Ground WA. Well-Known Member

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  3. deadshot2

    deadshot2 NW Quadrant WA State Well-Known Member

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    I've got a Remington 700 that I use as a target rifle. I got tired of looking for a gunsmith close enough to do this same work, and wouldn't take 3 months to get it finished.

    I just bought a crown reamer and pilot from Brownell's. To shorten, mark the barrel where you want it cut with a pipe/tubing cutter. Saw it off carefully following the lines. Dress smooth with a flat mill file. Then "crown" using the reamer. Use some heavy grease on the pilot and clean after a turn or two with the reamer. This keeps chips out of the bore and keeps the rifling from getting scratched.

    The total cost of reamer, handle, and pilot was less than most 'smiths charge for the service and I didn't have to wait until they got around to it. In my opinion the reamer does a better finished job than most "lathe cut crowns" I've seen lately unless they're 90 degree crowns.

    Having the reamer also lets me "touch up" the crown when it shows signs of wear/damage from shooting or cleaning.

    If you only want to shorten and crown this is an option.

    BTW, there are numerous video's on the topic posted on the "net". Midway USA has a good one.
     
  4. ZigZagZeke

    ZigZagZeke Eugene Silver Supporter Silver Supporter 2015 Volunteer

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    I'm going to be looking for someone to shorten a 24" Bushmaster barrel about 4" and re-crown it. Depending on what the finished product looks like it might need a flash suppressor installed for cosmetic reasons. Could you do that?
     
  5. BANE

    BANE Battle Ground WA. Well-Known Member

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    I could cut and re-crown that for you. We could put a target crown on it. We could thread it or not. That's up to you.