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#569198 - 04/07/20 04:59 AM Barrel keels
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How hard is it to replace missing barrel keels? Any substitute that might work?

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#569199 - 04/07/20 05:38 AM Re: Barrel keels [Re: RARiddell]
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I make them when needed. Not hard but it takes some time. In my view, anything short of steel soldered in with rosin flux will likely cause a bigger issue later on.
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#569209 - 04/07/20 11:02 AM Re: Barrel keels [Re: RARiddell]
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Do you mean the keel behind the fore end hanger, or the fillets that fill in the holes at the muzzle. Some people call those keels too.

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#569214 - 04/07/20 11:54 AM Re: Barrel keels [Re: RARiddell]
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Muzzle end

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#569216 - 04/07/20 03:06 PM Re: Barrel keels [Re: RARiddell]
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Years ago when I was stupider I shortened the barrel on a 16ga Stevens 5000 for a slug gun. When I was done there empty spots where keels should be. I rosin fluxed the voids best I could and then jammed in a filed piece and some plumbers solder and gently heated until it melted. I put enough in that it was proud of the muzzle and then just filed it down...

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#569251 - 04/08/20 06:03 AM Re: Barrel keels [Re: RARiddell]
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Thanks guys! First time stretching my wings, not great but it works for me! Still have some filing to do!


Edited by RARiddell (04/08/20 06:04 AM)

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#569257 - 04/08/20 10:03 AM Re: Barrel keels [Re: RARiddell]
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If you put a ball of degreased steel wool in the void it will keep so much solder from running down.

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#569318 - 04/09/20 05:07 AM Re: Barrel keels [Re: RARiddell]
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I would have a look at that left barrel whilst your working on that gun.

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#569344 - 04/09/20 12:27 PM Re: Barrel keels [Re: salopian]
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Yeah that’s on the list!

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#570176 - 04/21/20 07:15 AM Re: Barrel keels [Re: RARiddell]
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I always just filed a triangular piece from a round bar to a good fit . Leave it about 1/8" longer . Make sure the insides are clean , tin the piece ,flux the insides then solder in with a large iron , flat off then tin over the ends and polish off and any solder that may have got into the muzzle ends . May be advisable to wire the barrel ends together .

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