Honing an action instead of reaming.

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  1. Daveinjax

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    who here hones the action id instead of reaming ? If you use a hone I’d very much like to see how you fixture the action and techniques you use. Please share your knowledge and reasoning.
     
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    You'll need a Sunnen
     
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    His comment is what got me thinking and interested. I’m sure he’s not the only one. Many here have a touch of OCD. If there’s a way forward more perfect they’re going that way.
     
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    Ok... I’m just wanting to know what’s being done out there. There’s more ways to skin a cat than I can even begin to think of.
     
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    Fill in the holes/gaps with the same material and the same contour/diameter/flat, etc.

    On a Remington action, make up two lugs the length of the action.
     
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    anybody ever made an expanding lap and try this out?
     
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    they do make keyway mandrels for bores with keyways already in them
     
  10. Daveinjax

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    Care to share what you know ?
     
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    I've got access to a portable Sunnen hone. It's been in storage for probably 15-20 years. Going to bust it out this summer and see how it works.
     
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    I’m looking forward to what you find. Nothing ventured nothing gained.
     
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    I'm curious too. Will likely have to get a new mandrel or two but should be interesting but who knows. Also curious how much the interrupted cut will matter. Maybe not much as long as I true the mandrel often enough.
     
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    At what stage of manufacturing would you want to hone the action?
     
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    What advantage/improvement will be realized via honing?
     
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    Not sure of the order. Just exploring the idea.
     
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    Not sure it would be an improvement over reaming. Again , just trying to learn what’s being done and why. I’m interested after Chad at LRI commented that he hones the action id to have it smoother for the probe on the 5 axis cnc machine center. At least that’s what I understood.
     
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    If you are manufacturing a new action there are benefits to honing and some manufactures do hone. After the blank is drilled the hole is honed with a long hone at least as long as the blank. This will give the manufacturer a hole that is on size, plus or minus a tenth, and straight with no bow. Like building a house if you start with a good foundation the rest is easier.

    If you want to hone a finished action it isn't going to work. on a finished action you will be trying to hone more air than steel.
     
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    So why is Chad at lri doing it?
     

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