Floating Reamer Holders

Discussion in 'Gun Project Questions & Gunsmithing' started by Bob3700, Jul 22, 2006.

  1. Bob3700

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    I am interested in doing some bbl fitting for myself and am wondering what make of floating reamer holder is considered the best.,probably a loaded question there).

    Would like to buy this piece of equipment once and not worry about did I purchase the right tool.

    Thanks for your help.

    Bob
     
  2. Preacher

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    A floating reamer holder will allow correction for any misalignment that shouldn't be there in the first place, and if the lathe tooling is set up correctly you don't really need one.
    Check Brownells .com for one.......
     
  3. Cheechako

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    Bob

    Floaters are used by some very good gunsmiths and there are some very good gunsmiths who don't use them. I'm with preacher. I don't use one but I try very hard to get everything lined up to start with. But that's just me. Why not make your own? Look at the ones that other guys use and you should get some pretty good ideas. Mike Bryant has a simple one that he uses and I think if I made one it would look like his. He has pictures on his web site.

    Ray
     
  4. Eddie Harren

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    Bald Eagle makes a fine floating reamer holder.
     
  5. tightneck

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    I,m certainly no expert on barrel fitting but the reason I,m posting is because I just came from where you are now. I,m not a machinist, but Ive always been very good with tools so I decided to give barreling a shot. I am not real confident that I can get my tailstock perfectly lined up with my spindle but I have put alot of time into doing just that. I,m also not sure that when I do get it just right, 2 hours later its not off. Anyway, I decided to go with a Bald eagle floating holder and it works great. I've only cut a few chambers with it, but it seems to let the reamer self align just as advertized. I've obviously only done it one way so I cant say as to doing it the other. I can say that on the very first chamber I cut, I ran a .0001 indicator in after I was finished and indicated off the lands and grooves just in front of the throat and had less than .0002 runout. I then backed it out to rest on the throat and again had less than .0002 runout. Not bad for my first time. I really dont have an opinion on this, just thought I'd give you some insight from someone who was in your shoes a few months back.
     
  6. daveb

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    Can you give me some info on the Bald eagle holder?
    Where to get it an what's the price?
    Thanks David
     
  7. tightneck

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    I got mine from Dave Kiff,PTG) for about $100.
     
  8. daveb

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    Thanks,
    I'll check it out
    David
     
  9. Rustystud

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    Bob3700:

    There are about 10 different floating reamer holders comercially on the market. Some are better than others. Here is a list of manufactures names that I am familiar with they are in no order of quality.

    1. jgs Manufacturing
    2. Dave Manson Precision reamers
    3. Clymer Manufacturing
    4. Bald Eagle Manufacturing
    5. Greg Tannel,Gretan)

    I am sure there are many more but alzheimers is kicking in.

    It is important to use a test bar and set up your tailstock or carriage to as good as you can get it. Then use a floating reamer holder.

    A floating reamer is not designed to be used in lieu of a good original set-up.It is designed to complement a good set up.

    Rustystud
     
  10. bbeyer

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    This is a no brainer, JGS is so much better than the rest it's almost silly to compare them, but I did. I would like to be able to feel that my tailstock was exactly on, but like someone stated in a previous post, I am not that sure. The JGS is more expensive at about 180 bucks, at least when I bought mine about 8 years ago. If interested their phone number is541 267 4331. If you call them ask for Carol, she is great to talk to.
     
  11. Stefan

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    I´m useing a Swedish made floating holder that I´m really happy with.

    I find the finish in the chamber to be better if I use the floating holder that holds the reamer in a solid grip. When I started out chambering barrels I just put the rotating pivot in the reamer and used a handle to get a good feel. I would hesitate to recomend a beginner to start with a floating holder that doesnt require the smith to hold the handle and get a feel for how fast or slow the reamer should be fed.

    Ignore the funny spellig and grammar please;) I´m a Swede that stagger across the keybord when it comes to the English langauge!

    Stefan
     
  12. Rustystud

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    I am experimenting with a new prototype floating reamer holder that I will most likely market with Dave Kiff. It has been in development for about 3 years. It holds the reamer firmly but allows it to float co-axially and concentricly. It will be hands free, rubber and spring dampened,no chatter) and have a brass shear pin so it can't snap your reamer if it were to get into a bind. It will have some other great new features. They should be out after the first of the year.
    Rustystud
     
  13. tightneck

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    The best set-up possible is what I am striving for but as I stated earlier, I dont know if I have achieved absolute perfection. Why would anyone need a "floating" reamer holder if their setup was absolutely perfect? I think mine is real close but dont really have the measuring ability to know if it's dead nuts. This is why we have floating holders. BTW, great idea on the shear pin.
     
  14. bbeyer

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    I certainly agree on the shear pin idea. As you stated tightneck, if we could be sure that the tailstock was perfect none of us would use a floating holder, but such is not the case. I personally feel that a couple of hundred bucks spent on one is good insurance when any number of 290 dollar barrels are at stake.
    Rusty, let us know how things are going with the new holder. Sounds interesting.
     

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