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    What's the most difficult gunsmithing job you've doen?

    I have done 5 checkering jobs as a gun owner. By FAR it is the most tedious, time consuming gunsmithing job I've ever attempted. And to be honest, four of those jobs were only chasing worn checkering. Single 90 degree checkering chaser. I will NEVER do another checkering job. I will sand the checkering off completely before I ever chase another groove.

    A friend from the shooting range says he will never attempt to cast lead again. One bad experience and he's through with the idea. Quitter..

    Any other contenders for most difficult gunsmithing job? Well, not just gunsmithing, most any job related to guns.

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    Re: What's the most difficult gunsmithing job you've doen?

    I made a new barrel for an old .22 I have. Took me a few attempts and cost way more than just buying a replacement, but it was satisfying when I got it right

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    Re: What's the most difficult gunsmithing job you've doen?

    Quote Originally Posted by Chillfolks View Post
    I made a new barrel for an old .22 I have. Took me a few attempts and cost way more than just buying a replacement, but it was satisfying when I got it right
    You mean like made from scratch, rifling and all? Or just fitted up another barrel? (Which would be difficult enough).

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    Re: What's the most difficult gunsmithing job you've doen?

    1986, took an old second hand 70 series Gold Cup and turned it into what another GM level shooter called the Handgun that Ate Cincinnati. Put a quadra-comp barrel and comp on it-that wasn't tough and i had to ream the chamber slightly so it would reliably feed the 225 TFP lead bullets I used.The tough part was getting a 2 pound trigger on it-I probably wasted 2-3 sears because I kept pushing the envelope on the weight and it would end the hammer following sometimes. It was worth it-broke the pin national record with it at the Ohio State tournament. I finally cracked the frame-the frame sits on my reloading bench. My late father said one of the master welders at the factory could fix it, but by then I was shooting for Wilson and later EAA so the old frame, crack and all (by the hole for the slide stop) has been sitting there for over 30 years now.
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    Re: What's the most difficult gunsmithing job you've doen?

    Quote Originally Posted by Waddy View Post
    You mean like made from scratch, rifling and all? Or just fitted up another barrel? (Which would be difficult enough).
    From scratch, I will not do it again making it with what I had verse what I need was way more complicated than it needed to be.

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    Re: What's the most difficult gunsmithing job you've doen?

    Quote Originally Posted by TurtleDude View Post
    1986, took an old second hand 70 series Gold Cup and turned it into what another GM level shooter called the Handgun that Ate Cincinnati. Put a quadra-comp barrel and comp on it-that wasn't tough and i had to ream the chamber slightly so it would reliably feed the 225 TFP lead bullets I used.The tough part was getting a 2 pound trigger on it-I probably wasted 2-3 sears because I kept pushing the envelope on the weight and it would end the hammer following sometimes. It was worth it-broke the pin national record with it at the Ohio State tournament. I finally cracked the frame-the frame sits on my reloading bench. My late father said one of the master welders at the factory could fix it, but by then I was shooting for Wilson and later EAA so the old frame, crack and all (by the hole for the slide stop) has been sitting there for over 30 years now.
    Technology has improved over 30 years. A little JB Weld could probably fix that now... But good work on that gun.

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    Re: What's the most difficult gunsmithing job you've doen?

    Quote Originally Posted by Waddy View Post
    Technology has improved over 30 years. A little JB Weld could probably fix that now... But good work on that gun.
    after I messed up my left elbow (setting an archery target that fell) I had surgery. Six months later, and lots of therapy, it still hurt to shoot an Olympic bow. So the surgeon consulted a couple other top experts and they reviewed the MRIs and the HD pictures taken in the elbow when the surgery was done. And they all noted all sort of other damage that was not obvious on the first MRIs, -micro-tears etc. So they started asking me all the stuff I had done (this happened when I was 55). And I noted from age 25 or so until 37 I was shooting 200+ power factor 45 ACP pin guns and then 9X21 race guns, They asked how much-and I said, maybe 30-50K a year. And the head surgeon just said HOLY F! I just shoot steel now where I can use PF 120 9mm rounds now.
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    Re: What's the most difficult gunsmithing job you've doen?

    First one that popped into my mind was a .22 revolver that came in with a collection of over 200 guns. The older man had died and the widow just wanted the guns out of her house.

    The sheriff's department loaded them up a d took them to the country jail and unload Ed them into a cell until I said I had time to appraise them.

    They took them out of the cell, loaded them into their cars drove them to the store, uploaded them and brought them into the back room of the gun department.

    Theses hi s were handled at least seven times by professionals that carry guns everyday.

    When I received. Them over 20% were still loaded.

    I was pissed!!!

    Among that group was a .22 revolver fully loaded but covered in so much rust ever part was frozen.

    I took it on as a special project, got the rounds out and cleaned the **** out of it.

    When I was done it was still pitted but it was functional.

    In retrospect I wish I would have bought it, it would have made a nice trapline gun...

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    Re: What's the most difficult gunsmithing job you've doen?

    I bought an ATI 1911, made in the Phillipines; compact model, 3.5" barrel. It ran like dog****. Replaced the guide rod assembly with a Kimber guide rod assemble, widened and flared the ejection port, replaced the extractor with a Wilson Combat extractor, did some work on the feed ramp. Ran great. It didn't malfunction any more than any other semi-automatic pistol I've ever had and I should have left well enough alone, but the brass would hit me in the face sometimes. So, I decided to replace the ejector with an extra long ejector and that's when it got hard. The roll pin wouldn't tap out, had to drill it. Then, the front peg on the ejector snapped off in the frame. It was time for a real gunsmith at that point. He drilled it out, I got the sermon and now it runs great, no brass in my face. I carry it in my day pack as a backup.
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    Re: What's the most difficult gunsmithing job you've doen?

    Most difficult is ongoing and should be the most simple. I have a S&W Highway Patrolman that simply will not reliably cycle. I have had it completely apart, replaced parts, and had 3 different smith work on it...and the damn thing simply will not function properly.


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