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Post by LenV Tue Mar 08, 2016 2:34 pm

I have a couple of barrels (1911) that do not have their caliber marked on them. Is it a good idea to mark the caliber with a punch set? The barrels are in pistols with a different caliber marked on the pistol. I know which is which but I probably won't be around forever. Looking for suggestions.

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Post by AllAces Tue Mar 08, 2016 3:01 pm

Acid etching may be an option.

Others will be along shortly with other opinions.
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Post by jglenn21 Tue Mar 08, 2016 3:17 pm

for most rifle barrels I use a simple punch set.. it does take some practice to keep everything in line.. one option I use on my fancier stuff is an electronic etcher
. I use this guy.... and an old Typewriter lol!

http://www.etch-o-matic.com/index.html




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Post by james r chapman Tue Mar 08, 2016 3:28 pm

Lol, the typewriters the tough part.
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Post by LenV Tue Mar 08, 2016 4:29 pm

Typewriters the easy part. Just don't know what I am supposed to do with it Smile

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Post by jglenn21 Tue Mar 08, 2016 4:36 pm

Have to admit it took some work to find one and the ribbon
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Post by Jon Eulette Tue Mar 08, 2016 4:50 pm

You could stamp sides of lower lugs. Inexpensive and doesn't have to be perfect.
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Post by Wobbley Tue Mar 08, 2016 5:15 pm

Find an engraving / trophy shop and have it engraved.
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Post by Sa-tevp Tue Mar 08, 2016 5:19 pm

One of the slickest ways I ever saw to mark metal was when a friend of mine, the son of a gauge company owner, asked me if I could duplicate a step down transformer that they used to mark thread gauges. The transformer would drop 110vac to about 1 or 2 vac. By grounding the thread gauge and using a connected bit holder they could heat mark the gauges. Nice deep heat blue letters and numbers on tool steel. Since the voltage was so low there were no sparks.
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Post by LenV Tue Mar 08, 2016 7:41 pm

Wobbley wrote:Find an engraving / trophy shop and have it engraved.

I am thinking that is the way to go. I want it visible and professional looking.
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Post by Chris Miceli Tue Mar 08, 2016 9:09 pm

OldMaster66 wrote:Typewriters the easy part. Just don't know what I am supposed to do with it Smile

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What's a type writer?

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Post by james r chapman Tue Mar 08, 2016 9:37 pm

Christopher Miceli wrote:
OldMaster66 wrote:Typewriters the easy part. Just don't know what I am supposed to do with it Smile

What's a type writer?

One step above a type setter.

I used to go to one to get my linotype.
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Post by kc.crawford.7 Wed Mar 09, 2016 7:03 am

Good ole' electric pencil will do that just fine.  And you can mark them where ever you want Len.
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Post by LenV Wed Mar 09, 2016 11:24 am

I have an electric marker. I will use it on them some place that can't be seen but I need to get it marked so someone not taking it apart and looking for a mark does not try to shoot 9mm in the 38 super barrel. One of the barrels came marked but 50 rounds later the marking was gone. Whatever they marked it with didn't like heat. Thanks for all the advice everyone.

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