Metal Checkering and

Discussion in 'Engraving & Refinishing' started by gooose, Jul 11, 2010.

  1. gooose

    gooose New Member

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    I'd like to try my hand at metal checkering and need some advice. I plan to practice on some small scrap rifle parts to learn and eventually if confident enough actually checker bolt releases and bolt handle knobs. I'd like to start out with one metal checkering file and I am looking for advice on which LPI to go with?

    Second question is that I am looking for someone who can case color a Winchester bolt action cocking piece? Way beyond my learning horizon for now.
     
  2. danf_fl

    danf_fl Retired Supporter

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    Some say the 20lpi is not fine enough, but 30lpi is too fine, and 40lpi is like none at all. Para does 25lpi on the front strap of 1911's. I would try that first, and see if it is what would work best. Good luck.
     

  3. stalkingbear

    stalkingbear Well-Known Member

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    Anything from 24-28 LPI will be about right. Personally I like 24LPI. Too course and you'll shred your skin. Too fine and it won't do any good. It matters whether the part is going to be moving with your grip on it (bolt handle) or stationary (frontstrap). Generally moving parts need a finer checkering.
     
  4. gooose

    gooose New Member

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    Thanks....I will try practicing with a good quality triangular wood checkering file first. If I feel confident enough I'll invest in one of the metal checkering files from Brownells or Midway. Probably a 30 LPI.
     
  5. csapow

    csapow New Member

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    gooose, how did you do with the engraving?
     
  6. gooose

    gooose New Member

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    Practice then practice more

    Practiced and then repeated then repeated again. Definitely am not going to try my hand on an actual part like the bolt release on my Win Mod 70 until my confidence is there and it's not there yet. :eek: