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Thread: Cutting Dovetails by KSCO

  1. #21
    Join Date
    Jul 2012
    extreem northwest ne.
    their is a gun smiths wife up in the blackhills who does all his dove tails by hand, huge number every year and they are perfect. she inspired me to do my own. they arent as good as hers which are perfect but they are as good as a machine does it. if i, get tired of it i just lay it down and come back to it later but it really doesnt take that long saves me money when i do them my self. good post and pictures.

  2. #22
    Boolit Master

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    Feb 2007
    Puyallup, Washington
    I find it much quicker with a mill and a carbide dovetail cutter. I can cut dovetails on most barrels for $15 each and make money.

  3. #23
    Boolit Master kenyerian's Avatar
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    Dec 2011
    976 The dovetail files are not cheap.

  4. #24
    Boolit Buddy X-man's Avatar
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    Apr 2005
    Newfoundland, Canada
    Good stuff guys!
    "Only accurate rifles are interesting."
    - Colonel Townsend Whelen

  5. #25
    I must comment ! Great job , My milling and cutter for dovetails would have not done better .

  6. #26
    Boolit Grand Master

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    Mar 2005
    Bloomfield, Nebraska
    Yes you can John but I started making muzzleloaders with a post drill, a forge and hand tools, in fact other than rifling the barrels I did it all myself just as it was done 200 years ago. One rifle took me over 2 months to make including forging the small parts. I have a mill and use it for a lot of work, but if I am doing a restoration I want the tool makrs to be right to, and when the electricity is off I can still make guns.

  7. #27
    Boolit Master
    Join Date
    Nov 2007
    Question ?
    I am wanting to cut a dovetail on an 1858 for a front sight.
    The sight is suppose to have a 74 degree angle but most files seem to be 45, 60 or 65 degree.
    I see Brownells has a cutter but not a file in 74 degrees
    Failure is not an Option

  8. #28
    Boolit Buddy
    Join Date
    Feb 2012
    Quote Originally Posted by John Taylor View Post
    I find it much quicker with a mill and a carbide dovetail cutter. I can cut dovetails on most barrels for $15 each and make money.
    I use the Bridgeport for the depth and top width and finish with a safe sided file.

  9. #29
    Boolit Mold
    Join Date
    Dec 2017
    your gonna size them and lube them again why bother standing them up.


  10. #30
    Boolit Grand Master Texas by God's Avatar
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    Mar 2016
    A steel slot blank can be made from an old rear sight or ordered on line. Better looking than an aluminum one IMO.

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