Well the tax return arrived - yippee!
Now to order dies, reamers, etc.
RCBS, Hornady, CH4D... I know these guys do custom dies. Who else should I contact?
When I queried RCBS on this the "wildcat guy" was kind of snotty about it and didn't seem as interested in helping with some simple questions, so I'm not convinced they'll be the best vendor. Kind of turned me off to RCBS but I'm willing to give them a go. Obviously the 7.62x39 shell holders will work.
I'm thinking of getting the reamer from Clymer as I've ordered from them before and had good luck with their product. There's what 5 or 6 of us that will actually us the reamer, correct? We could pass that around and it should be good for at least that many barrels. Probably not too many more! Does anyone know if Pacific does custom reamer orders? Other reamer makers I should contact?
I'll need to talk this over with the reamer people. I believe a no-go gauge is the absolute minimum. Due to the action of the AK it is fairly simple to set headspace correctly... going on the premise that "so long as it doesn't close on a no-go gauge" it will be OK without a "go" gauge.
I bought a 9.3mm barrel blank from Midway, pretty sure it was a Douglas barrel. Need to profile it on my mini-lathe which will be an all-weekend ordeal!
Since everything else is based on 7.62x39 parts it will require only a new magazine. I'm going to postpone finding that perfect magazine to adapt until after I can get some dummy rounds made up. I am fairly certain a .223 AK mag or AK-74 mag will work as-is but that remains to be seen... we have quite a few choices as far as .308 AK mags, etc. so I simply need to get some dummy rounds made up on the dies and work from there.