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Has the invention of the Dremel helped or hurt more firearms?

Discussion in 'GSSF' started by Z71bill, Apr 2, 2010.

  1. Z71bill

    Z71bill

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    Just wondering - :whistling:


    Today I took a feed ramp from a new style Marlin model 60 - and using extreme care with my Dremel - made it fit an old style model 60 - :supergrin:

    I pushed my luck and it seems like (after 2 hours) I made it fit - I can now work the action by hand and feed rounds - still need to test fire.

    I always follow the simple rule - it is MUCH easier to take a little more off than it is to add some back!

    So GO SLOW!!

    But it made me think -

    Has the invention of the Dremel helped or hurt more firearms?
     
  2. eddief4

    eddief4

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    i'm sure it's a little bit of both:supergrin:
     

  3. T. R. Graham

    T. R. Graham The Glocksmith

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    It's a gunsmith's friend...in more ways than one.
     
  4. CitizenOfDreams

    CitizenOfDreams

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    Idle hands with a Dremel are Devil's playtoys.
     
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  5. neosocrates1

    neosocrates1

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    I'd Imagine it's Hurt a Lot of Firearms..

    And a Lot of Pride, Too.
     
  6. Brian Lee

    Brian Lee Drop those nuts

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    Dremels don't destroy guns.....

    People with Dremels destroy guns.
     
  7. MO Fugga

    MO Fugga Malt Liqra® Lifetime Member

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    Be careful with soldering irons as well.... :whistling:
     
  8. harleyfx69

    harleyfx69

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    its a staple of an actual gunsmith..

    its a something else for someone who doesnt know what they are doing
     
  9. JBnTX

    JBnTX Bible Believer

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    That's right!

    Too many kitchen table gunsmiths thinking every pistol out there
    needs the feed ramp polished.

    Polishing up parts that don't even move or touch any other moving
    part.

    And don't forget to grind off all that nice protective finish on that barrel.
    Make it shine like a new penny.
     
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  10. gearjammer351

    gearjammer351 EnemyOfTheState

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    <---is not a gunsmith
    <---owns a Dremel tool
    <---does not know what he's doing
    <---has screwed up 2 firearms with it

    Case closed.:whistling:

    One was a Taurus pistol's feed ramp. It still works fine, but looks like crap. I've never had any issues, and since it's a Taurus (which I bought used anyway) it's not worth the cost of repairing. It didn't cost me anything but embarrasment.

    In the other case I was able to just replace the part, which wasn't very expensive. The downside is that my attempt to smooth out the trigger on my AR inadvertently turned it into a full auto :shocked:, and I discovered this at a public range. I was only lucky that I didn't get in trouble.

    btw- for the BATFE, this occurred 17 years ago, and it's unlikely you could even find that piece at the bottom of the lake now:supergrin:
     
  11. rtl

    rtl Robby The Guy Millennium Member

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    good news.........i was able to 'fix' the extractor on an ishapore enfield using one. took it from 5-6 guaranteed extraction/ejection problems every mag, to dead nuts reliable.

    bad news...........i wrecked an sks trigger group once with one.
     
  12. CajunBass

    CajunBass Silver Member

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    Dremels are a tool, just like firearms. Their good or evil is in the hands of the user.

    I managed to mess up a Colt GM once with a file and sandpaper. :whistling:
     
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  13. eisman

    eisman ARGH! CLM

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    I don't know a single good gunsmith that uses a Dremel. The Foredom tool is what we use.
     
  14. glock2740

    glock2740 Gun lover.

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    Wrong two heads on your avatar. obama and obiden should replace them.
     
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    Glockdude1 Federal Member CLM

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    CanyonMan In The Saddle

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    +1




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  17. Z71bill

    Z71bill

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    Got my Dremel ~~15 years ago as a Christmas present - sat in the box unused until a couple years ago --

    Until I needed to drill a REALLY small hole (55/1000 of an inch - #54 bit) to install a red ramp front sight on a revolver I did not know you could replace the collet on a Dremel and use them as a drill. :cool:

    Worked great and a much better hole that you would ever get from a drill.

    I do like to polish feed ramps - but only with a soft buffer -

    One time I used a Dremel to make a tool that I needed to do a job - I was thinking I was pretty hot stuff that day - a real Macgyver moment. :embarassed:
     
  18. Telecaster

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    There's little damage you can do using the Dremel felt products. I find them so handy for putting a mirror finish on pins, feedramps, and other contact area.
    [​IMG]

    I have several Dremels but I find the handy rechargeable versions get the most use-
    [​IMG]

    As much as I use my Dremels, I find I use my Lansky Ultra Fines just as often. I remove the yellow 'handle' section from the stones so I can use all sides. These are as fine as the porcelain on toilet bowls. Really good for polishing.
    [​IMG]
     
  19. DonD

    DonD

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    Isn't that the truth. I'm sure many smiths use them and many smiths get business from those who have overdone it and loused up their firearm. Don
     
  20. 3rdgen40

    3rdgen40 .45 fanatic

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    Fixed it for ya...