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  • Bulletguide
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    Of course that is the logical solution. And I should just do that. I just enjoy a project, no matter how senseless. Thought I'd see if I could make a solid dowel pin do what a cold roll pin
    does. Probably a waste of time but I've been known to do that. One more experiment with sizes just to know what most closely replicates the later roll pin and that's about as far as I'll take
    it. When you have several broken drill bits with good hard steel and a lathe or good drill press, seems obvious. Like when you are a hammer, everything looks like a nail.

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  • Orlando
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    Why not just use the roll pin then? Thats what was used post war 1/8 x 1/2

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  • Bulletguide
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    Thanks very much, I wonder if there is an advantage in making the pins over-sized to allow for a press fit, eliminating staking. At .130 they are just snug, .133 will be my next try, that might
    be just about perfect. Do you think there was a reason they were slightly under-sized and staked? I can't think of a problem if they were snug and required light tapping in place with a punch.
    Maybe I'm missing something....

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  • Orlando
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    I came up with a .126 average. The solid pins do fit loose an must be staked in place

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  • Bulletguide
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    Lower band retaining pin size

    I'm trying to make a solid pin for the lower band on WWII Garands. I believe they switched to a roll pin in later years but WWII pins should be solid or dowel pins if I
    am correct. I made up one today from a drill, chucked it up in my drill press and turned it down to .130 which seems ok but perhaps a bit small. Next one will be .135.
    Length is .550. Can anyone check my on those dimensions with an original pin? I would imagine these could be purchased but it's fairly easy to turn one down this way
    and they are a good quality steel. Most suppliers offer 1/8 or .125 pins, too small, or3/16 .1875, too large. It's pretty easy to make these this way but would like to confirm
    dimensions. Thanks for any help.
    Bruce
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