Looking for a .30 indicating rod.

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  1. unioncreek

    unioncreek New Member

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    I'm going to shorten the barrel on my 308 and am in need of a range or indicating rod. I will be clambering a 308 barrel this winter also so I might as well go ahead and get one. Where's the best place to get one?

    Thanks,
    Bob
     
  2. BillM

    BillM Active Member Supporter

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    OK---I'll admit ignorance. What is a "range or indicating rod" that you would use on a .308 rifle?
    Only place I've heard that term used is for a rod used to check cylinder alignment on a
    revolver.
     

  3. unioncreek

    unioncreek New Member

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    Bill,

    You use it to set a barrel up in a lathe so you can center the barrel so everything is lined up on the bore. Use it for chambering and crowning the muzzle.

    Bob
     
  4. BillM

    BillM Active Member Supporter

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    OK--that makes sense. Thank you for the explanation.

    You have checked the usual suspects? Brownell's,
    Manson, Pacific tool and gauge, Clymer?

    Would a collimator spud be accurate enough?
     
  5. unioncreek

    unioncreek New Member

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    Oh have to ask someone.

    Bob
     
  6. bmnloader

    bmnloader New Member

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    You can get a gage pin from McMaster Carr that might work. They come in various lengths and sizes.
     
  7. unioncreek

    unioncreek New Member

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    A pin gauge would work if I could find one about six inches long.

    Bob
     
  8. hiwall

    hiwall Well-Known Member

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    why don't you make your own?
     
  9. unioncreek

    unioncreek New Member

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    Hiwall,

    What steel would I have to use and what would be the procedure? I have a lathe, if I could do it on that.

    Bob
     
  10. hiwall

    hiwall Well-Known Member

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    it only has to be a smooth rod of the correct diameter. any metal (or likely some plastics) could be used. length could be quite short (1 to 2 inches). only enough should be outside of the barrel for the indicator to ride on.
     
  11. unioncreek

    unioncreek New Member

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    Thanks Hiwall,

    I'll check into what I can find.

    Bob