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Welding de-milled barrel

Discussion in 'Gunsmithing' started by Frameman, Sep 3, 2011.

  1. Frameman

    Frameman USMC !968/1970

    Apr 21, 2010
    SW- Ohio
    There are lots of instances of good welders repairing cut receivers but has anyone done the same thing to drilled barrels. I know welding a cut barrel would be foolish but what about just welding the holes which some kits seem to have?
  2. VN350X10


    Apr 13, 2001
    McHenry, IL
    Unless you have access to X-Ray equipment, I would advise against it.
    You're not holding back a couple of hundred PSI here, it's well in the THOUSANDS !
    And the welding rod in most cases isn't the same alloy as the barrel is made of, so the weld/base metal junction is always going to be a weak spot.
    And I'm not to be considered a "Couch Commando" on this one, I have proudly been a certified weldor in excess of 35 years.
    Some of my certifications have involved the F.A.A. for aircraft, ASME pressure vessel, & AWS structural. Different process have included MIG, TIG & "stick".
    A new barrel is cheap insurance here !

    Be safe

    uncle albert
    Last edited: Sep 4, 2011