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    biggun; If your spindle threads are 1 3/8 x 10 instead of 1 1/2 x 8 & if you can reach the tailstock nut from front & back ( see thru tailstock) you may have the 405 also. I'm screwed trying to find chucks or faceplates.I've been looking at Ebay for five years or so!! And there is a ton of South Bend 9" parts on there. I can't even read the lines on my rusty pitted dials eitther. Cut & measure, cut & measure

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    Part of the delay on my Beowulf project is the .875 spindle bore on my lathe. I have to do all the work over the ways with a steady rest. The bed is 60" long, but first I had to modify the steady that came with the lathe, since it didn't actually fit this lathe. I have some of the through-the-bore oiler stuff done, and the oil catch tray welded up, and an oil pump. I still have to source a motor for the pump. Oh, and the main motor on the lathe is dying, but I managed to snag a nice three phase motor for free, except I had to buy a Variable-Frequency Drive for it. Well, I could have used the phase converter I already have, but true variable speed was a big attraction. And then I decided the first steady rest wasn't good enough, and I'm partway through building a ball bearing steady using a giant ball bearing pillow block.

    I have several barrels to chamber, when I get all the above sorted out...

    Brad, I can chamber your barrel for you if can wait.

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    Thanks TRX. I've been at this a few YEARS now & have not really gotten anywhere . So chambering is way down the road.
    Another issue has popped up as I carve out the receiver shell.
    With the .223 mags being a bit smaller from front to back, it messes me up at the mag catch. I don't know what they do on the .223 AK's? Move the whole trigger guard assembly forward a bit? Or is the reciever itself shorter in front so the trunnion is a hair closer to the rear of magwell?? I'm leaning towards just extending the mag catch plate forward a tad.

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    TRX, I know a local FFL holder that does transfers for $20. I know its probably a little late for this project but maybe for future builds/ gun purchases...Jimmy Robinson Enterprises Inc, 921 Woody Dr, Alexander, AR 72015 501-847-1029
    I am glad I found him cause I was sick of the high fees some were charging.
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    I have a Polish .223 magazine, but I really need to modify the trunnion to take Galil magazines, which are way cheaper. The difference is the height of the front lug; the Galil is a bit higher due to the slant cut.

    The though-the-headstock oiler and ball bearing steady aren't just for the Beowulf; I have several rifles and a couple of pistols waiting for barrels. And half of the fun is making the tools, you know?

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    On the Hadar build, where I'm duplicating the slant cut receiver so it will fit into the Hadar II stock, the latch surface is even with the bottom of the slant. To get some meat under it, the surface needs to come up at least .060, more if you want a chamfer on the bottom.

    On Valmet.org, the word is that the Valmet/Galil/R1 mags have the front lug higher, to match the raised mating surface in the front. Sometimes a regular AK mag will work, sometimes it won't. The problem seems to be the feed angle as much as magazine retention.

    Going the other way, with a Galil mag in a conventional AK, might not be a problem.

    Of course, if you have a .223 magwell, you can use one of the snap-on STANAG adapters and use conventional AR-15 mags, which are cheap and easy to find. They were originally developed for the Israeli army, so they'd probably have the Galil front lug.

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