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#1 mod master

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Posted 05 October 2008 - 01:27 PM

So as the title suggests I'm looking for a way to cut my recently bought brass. If anyone has any suggestions please step forward. Any tips are greatly appreciated.

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Posted 05 October 2008 - 01:29 PM

Pipe cutters, a saw, or a dremel.
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Posted 05 October 2008 - 01:30 PM

Everyone knows the most efficient way to cut brass is with your teeth and a firm chomp.
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Posted 05 October 2008 - 01:30 PM

You can get a pipe cutter, they cut very clean, very straight lines, but they leave a little indent that often needs to be flared out or sanded away. You can also use a dremel with a cutting wheel. This is what I normally do, unless I need the cut perfectly straight. With some practice, though, you can get cuts pretty straight.
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Posted 05 October 2008 - 01:37 PM

I don't know about everyone else but I have a huge ass table saw like thing but it has a smaller blade.
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#6 mod master

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Posted 05 October 2008 - 01:39 PM

Well I tried pipe cutters but it always bent the end of the brass way to much.
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Posted 05 October 2008 - 01:40 PM

Pipe cutters are the way to go if you're cutting a barrel. If you're cutting out a breech than you'll obviously need a dremel.
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Posted 05 October 2008 - 02:29 PM

I have never had good luck with Pipe Cutters. I usually use either my Dremel or my Jig Saw. Either works good.
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Posted 05 October 2008 - 03:59 PM

Just as piece of advice, when you use a hacksaw, use one with a REALLY high tooth count (12-32 or higher) because brass is soft and thin.
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Posted 05 October 2008 - 05:20 PM

The problem your all having with pipe cutters is that you over tighten them. You need to gradually increase the tightness on the brass as you cut.
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Posted 05 October 2008 - 08:17 PM

Wrap a piece of masking tape straight around the brass and then cut along the line. You can make perfectly straight cuts without the brass deforming at all.
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Posted 06 October 2008 - 07:53 AM

With the pipe cutters, also make sure that you're using the right blade. A blade for cutting metal will just as easily cut PVC, but a blade for cutting PVC will not yield good results on metal.
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Posted 06 October 2008 - 06:50 PM

Probably a grinder would work I've never tried it except on a spring. If you try it DO NOT touch where you cut it will be as hot as hell.
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Posted 06 October 2008 - 10:51 PM

If you bought a decent pair of pipe cutters, they should've come with a built-in triangle shaped piece that you can then use to bring the pinched ends back out to true (or flare them out as the case may be.) But if your pipe cutters DIDN'T come with one of those, take a pair of wire cutters/dykes/dikes/whatever you call them where you're from that have a beak-shaped head, and stick the tip into your brass while they're closed, and twist THAT around with some pressure until the brass comes back to true (or, again, is flared out to where you want it.) A wide pair of needlenose pliers can do this well too. Depends on the size of your pliers and brass.
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Posted 06 October 2008 - 11:06 PM

Go to ACE, have the helpful hardware man cut it, then at home, use a pair of scissors to flare the edges out.

17/32" brass with a slightly caved in tip fits over the tip of the mega sized TTG's plunger nicely.
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