Originally Posted by Bullet bumper
You could be right but it don't look like an independent chuck to me .
Before I started doing my own work I used a local smith. He used to tell me all this stuff about indicating this and that but one day I caught him out.
Went to his shop and peeked in the window to see him turning a barrel between centres and then taking it over to another lathe and just chucking it up in a six jaw and going straight in with the reamer. This chance situation was a huge wake up call to me . So I decided to stay and watch . Well it turned out to be my gun he was doing . So all the sales talk about the precision setup to chamber was bull dust . I went straight out and bought a lathe and mill and have not looked back . Sure it is not cost effective and the few guns I have done have cost me a lot more , but the satisfaction is huge . I have to indicate a barrel in because I only have an independent four jaw chuck . I think that the service you get from some gunsmiths varies as to the class of work it is and how important a shooter you are but the sales pitch and cost stay about the same , that is what annoys me.
It didn't look like it to me either but I didn't look that close at the pictures. It wouldn't surprise me that he was using a adjustable back plate though. They are a lot more popular now days.
After 20 years I'd be lying to say I haven't got my moneys worth out of my lathe and mill but I'm still constantly buying more tooling. I just spend the money I saved buying more barrels, actions, reamers, dies, brass, etc.
. So in reality I probably didn't save any money at all (and could have easily spent more then I would having others build me rifles) but I have way more guns and way more knowledge. I've probably chambered 100+ barrels for myself and screwed up plenty in the beginning too so don't feel alone. I bought my lathe new 20 years ago. It's a Frejoth made in Taiwan.