How to port the barrel

Discussion in 'Gunsmithing Forum' started by rugernut, Dec 3, 2011.

  1. rugernut

    rugernut New Member

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    I was thinking about porting the barrel on a handgun I was wanting to now if it is possible to do it your self if so war do you do and how much dose it cost
     
  2. danf_fl

    danf_fl Retired Supporter

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    I'm not going to say that you can't, but that it is something that is very difficult.
    Magnaport uses a metal displacement process that does not leave "hanging chads" inside the barrel.

    Effective porting may end up being a trial and error thing for someone doing it at home.
     

  3. Axxe55

    Axxe55 The Apocalypse Is Coming.....

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    it's not just drilling some holes in the end of the barrel. precise port size, angle and placement. there is a reason why it cost so much to have it done, it's worth it. this is not one of those DIY projects to be done at home.
     
  4. c3shooter

    c3shooter Administrator Staff Member

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    I know of no way to do this without the services of a machine shop and a knowledgable smith/ machinist that will (a) port of barrel so that it is effective, and (b) safe to shoot.
     
  5. JohnJak

    JohnJak New Member

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    I have seen some backyard smiths use a Dremel.

    DON'T DO IT.
     
  6. hiwall

    hiwall Well-Known Member

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    I most often encourage anyone to do most jobs themselves. This time I have to say take it in if you want it ported.
     
  7. BillM

    BillM Active Member Supporter

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    Well--there are levels of DIY. If you have a decent milling machine
    and some experience, then yes, you can do it. If you have a cheap
    drill press or a dremel---NO, take it to a professional.
     
  8. masterPsmith

    masterPsmith New Member

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    rugernut,
    I have done a lot of porting in my shop over the years and still do at times. It is not a job for the home tinkerer. If you don't want to ruin your barrel, I would suggest you take it to a reputable smith for the work.


    Jim..........
     
  9. rugernut

    rugernut New Member

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    How much do you guys think it would cost to port it and how long would it take to do it
     
  10. JTJ

    JTJ Well-Known Member Supporter

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    If the handgun is used for self defense, dont do it. I found out the hard way that they will blind you in very low light. At least I found out in a non threatening situation.
     
  11. Marlinman

    Marlinman New Member

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    Depends on the smith, by that i mean their OCD on there work, and their work load at the time. For my master it usually takes 4 days bare minimum. If its for SD he wont do it no matter what cuz its cause to lose your life as jtj said it will blind you. If its just a range gun or huntin pistol thats a different game totally. He also wont do it on anything with a barrel shorter than 3". Alot of smiths that have done it for years are that way. As to price- also depends on the smith and the gun. Hope the advice helps.
     
  12. stalkingbear

    stalkingbear Well-Known Member

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    It IS possible to port a barrel using milling bit, milling vise, and a drill press if you know what you're doing & PAY ATTENTION. Milling bits won't leave a burr inside the barrel unless you try to force them.
     
  13. rugernut

    rugernut New Member

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    Ok thanks for all that I think I might have second thoughts on trying to do it my self
     
  14. Jim1611

    Jim1611 New Member

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    Magnaport uses what's called and Electrical Discharge Machine to do their porting. This does not leave a burr at all. When I had access to one of these I did a couple of my own but in the end it's cheaper to send it to them by the time you make a good fixture to hold and index the barrell so the ports are the same place from centerline. You can also mill the slots in it but you'll need to make the final cuts with a brand new carbide end mill so the burr in aside the barrell is almost non existant. Probably be a good idea to have it done unless you have the equipment to do it with.
     
  15. rugernut

    rugernut New Member

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    Thanks all this is reel intrasting , and helpful