Originally Posted by oscer
Hi fellas, I'm tooling up for my first rifle build and I've read the book "The complete guide to precision rifle barrel fitting" by John Hinnant. Mr Hinnant shows the reamer being held by hand in a home made wrench and being pushed by a dead center in the tail stock.
There is a fella over on "Practical Machinist" who sets the barrel up with a little "float room " in the steady rest and holds the reamer in the tail stock with an ER 40 collet chuck. Essentially he is reaming between centers with the piloted reamer becoming the tail stock center once the reamer begins to cut, when the reamer is retracted the barrel is resting on the steady fingers. I like the sound of this set up because I'd have one hand free to hit the kill switch and I also like the Idea of retracting the reamer with the tail stock hand wheel. However as I said I've never built a rifle before, so I would appreciate hearing your comments. Thanks oscer
As you are just getting started I would recommend buying a reamer holder. These are designed to
do this job.
Manson makes one and there are several other makers that make one.
Start with the right tool and as you get more familiar with Gun Smithing you can do what works
best for you.
Chambering is one of the most important parts of building a precision rifle/firearm. the proper tool
for the job should always be used.
Other methods will/may work but until you become familiar with all of the aspects of Gun Smithing
use the tools that were designed for the job.
Start right, learn right and you have a chance to be a good Gunsmith. learning to do things Half ass
will only produce Half Ass results.
Just some advice
J E CUSTOM