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Old 01-09-2019, 04:18 PM   #1 (permalink)
 
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What is the best way to cut tubes to length that leaves the ends looking like the came in the kit?
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I put them in a collet chuck and use the point of a sharp skew.
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I use a mini plumbers tube cutter and insert the appropriate size HF punch in the tube itself.


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I have used a tubing cutter to cut and a combination reamer/chamfer tool for smooth out the ends.

I cannot find that chamfer/reamer tool for sale anymore, but it might be available somewhere. I can't remember if I got it at Arizonasilhouette.com or the LittleMachineship.com

It is basically a 3 inch long bullet looking steel slug about 5/8 inches in diameter with reamer on one end and chamfer on the other end. VERY handy for cleaning up tubing end flares and crimps.
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I cut them a little extra long and then trim both ends with a Forster 3-in-1 Case Mouth Cutter from my reloading tools.
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I use this, I keep a piece of 220 sandpaper on one of those floor glides used for moving heavy furniture...smooth on one side, rubber on the other. I put the sandpaper on the rubber side..It has a little "give" and I press and rotate the end of the tube on the sandpaper after cutting.

https://www.harborfreight.com/2-in-m...saw-62136.html

I have one at home and another at the blind center.
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I use what sbwertz uses, then get a 45 degree hand held reamer to trim the end inside bevel works great.
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I have a t-reamer I spin in it, too.
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Like dogcatcher, cutting a bit log, then trimming works great. To trim, I just use the jig for squaring the ends of the finished blank on a disk &/or belt sander. This is very controllable, and yields a nice, clean and square result.
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I use a mini plumbers tube cutter and insert the appropriate size HF punch in the tube itself.


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How have I never thought to put a punch inside the tube when I cut it to keep it from necking down?? Genius!!
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