Help Educate Me on First Wildcat - REAMERS required for the project?

Discussion in 'Rifles, Bullets, Barrels & Ballistics' started by 300magman, Nov 1, 2011.

  1. 300magman

    300magman Well-Known Member

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    I like playing around with my own cartridge ideas and often think I can make improvements on standard rounds to make them suit my particular liking better, but I have never attempted a wildcat before.


    How many reamers and which ones would I need to end up with a top quality barrel chambered for a new wildcat with a custom neck diameter, throating specificially for the bullet I want to shoot, and a set of seater and neck sizer dies? (Have I forgotten anything?)


    From what I understand, PTG could make just about anything I asked for, but I don't know enough about what I would need to estimate what kind of cost I would be looking at.
     
  2. rscott5028

    rscott5028 Well-Known Member

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    You might try re-posting this under Gunsmithing.

    If you call PTG, you should be able to speak with Dave Kiff. He can fix you up. I think they have some reamer templates on their website that you can doctor up and send in.

    If this is your first wildcat from scratch, I'd suggest finding someone with a similar idea (ideally someone who's done that before) and collaborating with them.

    Unless you're trying to patent something proprietary, it might save you a lot of time and money by getting it feedback on your ideas from the many experts (and a few not so experts) that subscribe to these forums.

    Be safe!
    -- richard
     

  3. Mikecr

    Mikecr Well-Known Member

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    You might ask whomever you plan for finishing your barrel & dies.
    For my last wildcat(26WSSM) I bought roughing, finishing, and sizing reamers(from Pacific).
    But the gunbuilder I used didn't use the rough reamer(he drills instead).
    My reamers were floating with a 10 bushing kit.

    There are a variety of approaches and favored tools though. Some prefer to cut the throat with a throating reamer.
    It is worth it to hold your own reamers, and I think it's beneficial to have 2 barrels finished at the same time. With my last barrel swap I did not have to change a thing with my brass or load. My brass didn't chnge in the new barrel, the load held, and I don't FL size.
    But might have been a bit of luck on that one..

    Also be sure to have a headspace gizzy cut from the barrel stub.
    I had wilson die blanks(seating/NS) chambered at the same time also. Then I had JLC Precision make me a bump die from fireformed brass.
     
  4. 300magman

    300magman Well-Known Member

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    Thank you for the very detailed answer. There is one question that I still have however.
    Is a throating reamer universal to caliber, or does it vary by catridge....or neighter? I was just thinking that if the answer is option one, I wouldn't need to bother with it as most smiths who do chambering work would already have it.
     
  5. Mikecr

    Mikecr Well-Known Member

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