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Old 10-23-2016, 09:30 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Wedgits in PMI Trracer/Maverick barrel?

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Any thoughts on wedgits in an Aluminum Barrel for a Trracer/Maverick? The 20 year old ones. Long thin barrel shank before the threads.

Only pisser is the distance from the lip of the barrel to the bolt face is about 2/10 of an inch.

Not sure you could get the wedgits far enough back to catch a ball without splitting the lip of the barrel.

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Old 10-23-2016, 09:33 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Sorry for the crappy pic. I've got the brass rod extended to show where the bolt face is.

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Thanks in advance!

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Try putting a light groove in it with a really dull pipe cutter wheel? I got the idea a while ago from the grooved pipe connections used in sprinkler systems but haven't tried it yet. https://3.imimg.com/data3/XM/TU/MY-13...pe-250x250.jpg
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My fantasy team was getting destroyed so I gave the tubing cutter idea a shot and it seems to have worked.
Belt sanded a standard cutting wheel way down and put a light groove as far from the end of the barrel as the cutter would let me. Ended up with a ridge that cut the I.D. down to about .675". I don't know how repeatable this will be, probably a case of "results may vary." I'm thinking a steel washer instead of the poorly sanded cutting wheel might work better.







The ball (old, dimpled, shrunk) is stuck where the bolt stopped but you can still push it down the barrel and it rolls right out. It hasn't been test fired but I'm not seeing any real problems.

After trying this I'd bet you could just gently pound some wedgits into it too though. The metal seems resilient enough to take it.
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A center punch is you friend. Lightly blunt the tip and punch in your detents.
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A center punch is you friend. Lightly blunt the tip and punch in your detents.
I'm tempted. Plan is to get a wood dowel and sand it down so it can support the barrel if I use a punch.

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The wedgits are about 3/8" wide. If they end up too long,, we bore them out and reshape the ramp.

I should be able to fit a set but the only way to make sure its perfect is if we have the gun as well.
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Old 10-30-2016, 04:54 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Thanks Craig! Let me see how the late fall/winter funds shake out.

Was shooting the gun in the back yard with the boys today ... they each took 15 shots and thought it was great.

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