Originally Posted by Jericho1911u22
I know how difficult it will be. There is no aftermarket barrel in this caliber and having a 1 off barrel would cost more than a gun most likely. It's not impossible though. I figured asking here may give me some useful information. Input from somebody who has done such a thing. But I should have known better. I know everything can be done with a basic lathe setup and I know I can build a basic lathe to do the cuts for almost nothing.
I'm going to do it anyway because I like building stuff. Was hoping for input from somebody older and wiser who may have some experience. It is sad how most people assume only professionals can do things. I think it results in a lot of loss of knowledge that can be handed down from people who have actually done things. Or collaboration on figuring out how to do things.
i have some experience and your not going to do it without a real lathe setup, one that is designed specifically around making a barrel. one of those woodworking setups isnt going to cut the mustard so to speak. thats just getting the outside diameter cut. next your going to need a mill to shave up the breech block area of the new barrel any typical metal working mill is good for cutting breach blocks.
the problem your facing is enough precision to turn out a usable barrel that isnt a smooth bore. rifle is cut by either hammering barrel material around a reverse rifled spindle or drawing a cutting head through a pre-bored barrel. neither of which can be done short of a dedicated barrel making facility.
so that leaves you with ordering a pre-made section of barrel and ordering it in the correct dimensions pre-cut.
here is a very good article on how its done and has been done down the centuries.
before you ask about how the arabs do it in the mud huts in the desert... they are only making the basic recievers all their barrels are made either in russian factories or factories in some other hell hole that just churns out cheap shody barrels by the millions with no real care whether the right metals are used or how worn the tools are or even if the barrel isnt off center bored.