Joined: September 24 2014 Location: United States Posts: 5
Posted: October 22 2014 at 9:47pm | IP Logged
I thought I would start a new thread and try to get some new life on the subject. The last place I worked we bought alot of steel castings and did some machining, heat treating, parkerizing and good to go. We bought our castings from Pine Tree Casting Co which is a division of Ruger fire arms and as far as I know did all of Rugers castings. Has anyone here contacted a casting company and had anything quoted? I don't know what the minimum is but I would think that this group could meet it plus any requirements that would go along with a quote like a cad model. I know there are alot of people hear that can machine to a print. Heat treat is no problem just have to pay upfront and we could even get frames and receivers heat treated as long as they were hand delivered and not mailed.
With parts drying up and the ATF constantly making new demands of the improters to destroy more and more it just seems like a way to keep things like the 1919a4 and the M2HB alive for all future generations with a good supply of parts on hand. Last time I looked I could only find one supplier of M2 kits @ almost $4,000 a kit and 1919;s are at $1000 and up.
All kind of parts can be casted, the small parts, frames, receivers and maybe even sideplates. everything would have to be machined like the holes, critical dimensions, threads and so forth but in my opinion its the way to go unless these parts are a no no to a casting house???
I have alot of experience machining cast parts. I would like all the feed back I can get pros and con so please post your thoughts and experiences on the subject.
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Posted: October 24 2014 at 8:14am | IP Logged
I had a chance to get a 1919 kit for 600 dollars. If I had known, I'd have bought four of them. I can't justify 1300 dollars (last, cheapest kit I found) for one kit. You cast 'em and I'll scoop a set.
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Posted: October 27 2014 at 1:11am | IP Logged
Shouldn't be an issue for a casting house to cast any of the parts in a parts kit. But weren't a lot of the original parts forged, not cast? Might not be an issue in a semi-auto gun that isn't expected to fire hundreds of thousands of rounds, but probably not everything could be cast.
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