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Does anyone know where to get head space guages for the 74 (5.45x39). I did a quick search of Brownells and did not see them? Thanks Jack
 

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I'm compiling a running list of headspace manufacturers... here's what I have so far:

Sources for Headspace Gauges



If asked about which type you desire, choose the "Euro" and not the SAAMI type. The Euro type is the military usage. SAAMI will be much more tight and less forgiving. This is similar to the 5.56 vs .223 issues.

Dave Manson: http://www.mansonreamers.com
(7.62x39; 7.62x54R listed; 5.45x39 reported; call for listing)

Clymer: http://www.clymertool.com
(7.62x39; 5.45x39 reported, call for listing)

Forster: http://www.forsterproducts.com
(7.62x54R listed - call for others)

Pacific Tool and Gauge: http://www.pacifictoolandgauge.com
(5.45x39 reported, call for listing)

Numrich Gun Parts: http://www.e-gunparts.com
(7.62x39 listed - call for others)

Midway USA: http://www.midwayusa.com
(call for listing)

Bentmetal: http://bentmetal.homestead.com/headspace.html
(5.45x39 currently listed as "coming soon")

... Clymer and Forster can also found at http://www.brownells.com



I would love to find out if there are others, perhaps we can make this a sticky?
 

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As I stumble about

I see where I'm responding in the wrong place.

Kind of like my beautiful ninth-grade algebra teacher: she said "pay attention", I said " I am". She said "to what's written on the board".

Ignore my comment in the library.
Manson gets 50 bucks for a 5.45 by 39 no go. I feel more like I'm buying a Reamer.

Wonder what's up?
I can't connect with the Pacific tool people.


 

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I bought a set from Clymer about three years ago. They didn't stock them at the time, but waited for orders before making the sets. The gauges were pretty spendy - $90 a set (go-nogo), plus there was a wait for the production run.

I have seen a home made set made by a friend. He made them like this:
Two new unfired steel shell cases - miked to insure uniformity.

Fill both with epoxy to stabilize them and help prevent "resizing" from the pressure of chambering. I think he used a slurry of epoxy and steel filings to fill them.

Glue a disk cut from a feeler gauge set to the case head of one to create the "nogo" . I forget the specs on 5.45 for what thickness of gauge makes the correct setback for no-go, but maybe can find it.

They seemed to work fine and gave similar results when compared side by side with my clymers. They probably are not nearly as dimensionally stabile as solid steel manufactured sets. I wouldn't let them be slammed into the chamber repeatedly and expect them to maintain dimensions. They seemed to be suitable for a few builds if treated with care.

I don't guarantee or recommend this, just reporting what I saw work.

s & p
 

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This might be an issue for a group buy. If one of the companies gets enough orders they may make a run and give a more reasonable price. Jack
 

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Jack--Pacific's web site didn't show it.

If $20-25 is the going rate, I can't for the life of me (as Gramma used to say) figure double for what has to be a fairly common caliber-- At least compared to some of the other oddballs I'd never heard of!

I'm in for a nogo at anything under $50. A cartridge still serves me as a go guage.
 

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Looks like Pacific is the way to go:
We can make you the 5.45x39 gauges. They are $27.00 each. Please allow 2 weeks for delivery when ordering. Thank you. Becky @ Pacific Tool
Clymer wants 50 each plus shipping
 

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Looks like Pacific is the way to go: Clymer wants 50 each plus shipping

Why don't you see if they would cut a deal for 10+ units? I'm sure we can get that many people on board.. I would take a set... And if they will give a break for 2 or more I'll at least jump in on it with yah...
 

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Guys--I just split this one and put the rotary table stuff in the machine shop.

Now, back to '74 gages:thumbup1:

I've e-mailed Pacific on a Quantity Price. We'll see what happens.
 

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Winn R said:
Guys--I just split this one and put the rotary table stuff in the machine shop.

Now, back to '74 gages:thumbup1:

I've e-mailed Pacific on a Quantity Price. We'll see what happens.
Winn, I emailed them last week, they finally got back to me (must be a west coast thing) anyway, I then emailed them regarding pruchase, no reply. If you can get a quanity, count me in. Perhaps maybe a larger pruchase will get their attention. Jack
 

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Darn, I just got a set of 5.45 x 39 and a 7.62 x 39 "field" gauge from Clymer. I believe that they were $40.00 each.
 

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Winn, I emailed them last week, they finally got back to me (must be a west coast thing) anyway, I then emailed them regarding pruchase, no reply. If you can get a quanity, count me in. Perhaps maybe a larger pruchase will get their attention. Jack
Jack--

I just heard back from Pacific and they did not offer any price break for quantity. 27 bucks a pop-- which is really not that bad. I will call tomorrow and order one.

 

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Got mine this last weekend. Aparently, Pacific only makes them on demand. I had emailed them several weeks ago and was surprised when I was enmailed for billing information. Needess to say I am glad I have them. Jack
 
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