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Old 11-07-2020, 08:34 PM
xpppcbr xpppcbr is offline
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Default swirl barrel finish

Hello is there anyone out there that has a gunsmith or knows of one or any of you guys that can do the swirl finish on a stainless rifle barrel ?
I had one done years back from a smith in ND but I don't have his info anymore and have a couple barrels id like to have done

let me know if anyone has some info that might help me

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Old 11-07-2020, 11:33 PM
shooter#42 shooter#42 is offline
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i don't know what a swirl finish is but i used to do a random scratch finish when i was in business. my customers liked it and it wasn't hard to do. polish the barrel. set the lathe to about 50 rpm. cover everything with old towels to protect from grit. put a 100 grit disc on an orbital sander. have the barrel spinning in the lathe and use the sander up and down the barrel until you get the pattern you like.
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Old 11-08-2020, 01:56 PM
Hal Hal is offline
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Default Swirly barrel finish

Dan Doweling (sp?) in Colo was one of the first to do this finish. Call it his swizzledick finish. Give him a call.

Or you could give shooter's#42 method a try, I don't think you can mess it up.


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Old 12-14-2020, 10:39 PM
tim simbari tim simbari is offline
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He did them with a file. Once down, once back, no huge trade secret.
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Old 12-15-2020, 06:46 PM
GLWenzl GLWenzl is offline
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Kevin Weaver did it on my 20 BR.
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Old 12-23-2020, 01:27 PM
richinva richinva is offline
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I have an old Shilen DGA with a Shilen barrel that Dowling did. Pretty work.

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Old 02-14-2021, 08:54 PM
Gabe221 Gabe221 is offline
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The secret??
Use a palm sander while “rocking” the barrel back- n- forth.
I usually get help, like my wife to rock it, while I run the palm sander down the barrel..
The slower you run down the barrel, the squiggly the lines will be.
Tape up the portions you don’t want disturbed.. I use regular masking tape- at least 2 wraps.
Oh- gotta be 60-20 grit sand paper also...
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