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Stan, it seems without using the heat it took longer to take the dent out. Using the heat then putting the plug in and tapping the end of the rod the dents seem to come out and most times do not have to use the hammer.
Here are a few pictures of a 10 g. L.C. Smith.
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I cant figure out why the other pictures were not copied but click on them and they will open


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Thanks, David. Nothing like a good picture. If I ever have the need to remove another dent I will try some heat from a propane torch. Anything that would speed the process, and do no harm at the same time, would be beneficial. I assume you oil the plug lightly to help prevent any galling of the barrel?


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Barrel reblued and etched.
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Stan, I do not put any oil on the plug. The only oil that is there is a light coat from storage. On the 10 ga. the plug was .773 and the bores were .750. I have made aluminum plugs for 10, 12, and 16 gauges as a go/no go fit.
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These naturally are for 12 ga. The smallest at .724 is for some 12 gauge L.C. Smith hammer guns that have a smaller bore. Have never run across an L.C. Smith hammerless that small in diameter.

Thanks Mike, I use Imgur as a photo hosting site and when I want to post a picture I click on BBCode and click on copy. Most times it works great.

Also wanted to mention Happy Thanksgiving to all.

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For those that don't have the equipment to make their own plugs you can buy "GAGE PIN SETS" that can cover a range of bore IDs. I have two sets: .501" to .625" and .626" to .750" (Increments in .0001"). These will cover 28 thru 12 gauge barrels. Cost when I purchased was about $70 a set shipped.
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Bob, they are good for getting bore diameters, not good for use as plugs for removing dents because they have no beveled leading edge and could score the barrel. They are made of hardened steel.
Plus I think you meant to put .001 instead of .0001. They would have to be centerless ground for that tolerance and it would cost a lot more.

Jent Mitchell posts on here sometimes and he bought set and took them to a machine shop to have a level put on them, cost a lot more than the plugs.

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Should have mentioned that I do bevel the edges.
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