Re: need a good gunsmithing lathe????? What brand
Just a little note, dont to forget to budget for tooling, etc. I budgeted £3500 (about $6200) for a lathe and a bridgeport for my home workshop but when i totted up all the tooling i thought i might need this added another $2500 or so,just for the lathe for instance, quick change tool posts, tooling, live and dead centres, quality chucks and spare jaws, etc. For the mill a vice, dividing head, autolock holders, boring head, cutters, etc. Dont forget an offhand grinder for sharpening your lathe tools.
There are an awfull lot of items that can almost double your budget.
Good luck with your machining course and when you find a lathe that you like, take along your machinist buddy to give it the once over.