Re: What CNC lathe for barrel work?
Most internal parts on Japanese cnc's are produced by a small amount of vendors. I personally have worked with okuma, toyoda, mori seiki, mazak, hyundai, the list is endless. we currently have some haas (soft metals) leblond makino (good old machine) mazak H6000 (top notch horizontal machine) mazak qtn-250 msy (excellent small parts lathe) mazak v510 (top notch mill) and a mazak Integrex 400-IVst (don't care what anyone says TOP of the line) would do all my work on these. As far as home i love my trusty Clausing/Colchester. If your just starting out you need to learn the basics on a manual then learn the cnc. If i were going with programs i prefer to design with solid works and program with mastercam. With mazak the mazatrol is awesome except for the extra module to purchase to program offline. Remembers when we had punch card nc programming, just to let you know how long i have been doing this.
I just read your entire thread and see you already have machining experience, just look at auctions online and you can find a good used lathe for barrel work. All cnc's at some point you will have to adjust (we all have crashed them, if you say you haven't your lying).
I am a life long machinist with no gunsmithing background, but have been teaching myself for 3 moth's now and have learned alot.
just my ten cent worth.
Last edited by brainey64; 03-27-2011 at 01:40 PM.