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Old 06-17-2017, 11:33 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default My first true bullet pen

I've been wanting to try this for awhile now, and I have to say, this was probably the most challenging pen I've ever done. A lot of trial and error went into it, but I turned out great. The cartridge is a 30-06 with a 150gr Hornady SP bullet. The upper half is deer antler with a Designer/Euro clip.

I have a question for you guys that have mastered making these. The bullet is pretty hollow and the mouth of the bullet is a little too large to support the ink cartridge after I remove the lead. I filled it with resin and drilled it out to work. What do you guys do? Also, do you clear coat the brass with anything to prevent it from tarnishing, or do you just leave it natural?

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Old 06-18-2017, 12:14 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I just buy the pre-made shells from W&W.
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Old 06-18-2017, 12:14 AM   #3 (permalink)
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But yours has a much nicer tip.
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Old 06-18-2017, 03:23 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Beautiful Bullet Pen Aaron.
Excellent Blank, well Turned, Finished and Fitted to Cartridge.
Great Clip and Finial.
Turn that special piece of Timber you have been keeping.
Enjoy it for its true beauty.
Why leave it for others to enjoy without you?

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Old 06-18-2017, 07:29 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Looks great.
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Old 06-18-2017, 07:44 AM   #6 (permalink)
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You could try the Barnes solid copper bullets.


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Old 06-18-2017, 09:51 AM   #7 (permalink)
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Nicely done.
Don't use Soft Point bullets for nibs to avoid too large a hole for the refill tip.
Use Hollow Point bullets or FMJ bullets then you can drill the tip to fit either Cross (#46 drill bit)or Parker style refills (#36 drill bit).
I clean, polish and cost all my bullets and cartridges with thinned out lacquer using my dipping method to help reduce tarnishing.
Some people like the left "Army.

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Old 06-18-2017, 11:09 AM   #8 (permalink)
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If you hold the bullet in a collet chuck you can take the back side of a rounded skew (either side actually) and roll the copper over the end a bit
I have since changed bullet tips to the Hornady brand that have a red plastic tip. Once melted it leaves the correct size hole.
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Old 06-18-2017, 04:36 PM   #9 (permalink)
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I think you did a great job! well done!
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Old 06-18-2017, 05:32 PM   #10 (permalink)
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Great job! Most of the people I sell mine to like the natural look of the casing as it develops the patina from handling.
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