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Tbkahuna
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Re: Caselman, anyone?

It even worked really well with .055" diameter wire winding the striker spring. It is .720" ID and 10.25" long. You can see my first attempt with some extra wire coiled on the end. I had to figure out how to do this on the mini lathe. The chuck spins freely in either direction, so I had to control it so it wouldn't let the wire go slack.

Winding the springs was a fun experience. Now I will never have to worry about not being able to find just the right spring!


  
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Here is a bolt spring I wound and the couple of things you need to wind them. This one used .031 music wire and was wound sitting on the floor using the hand drill.

I never expected them to come out this good!


  
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The bolt, the bolt body, and the spring guide are at the top.

The striker follower is right below that. I added a third hold down screw as you can see in the picture. That is how the Caselman I saw looked. The plans show the slot in the wrong location.

The receiver tube and the trigger housing are at the bottom. The radiused blocks are in the trigger housing and mounted in their actual position. The slots on the bottom of the receiver housing are for the trigger and a window to weld the tank holder/valve. The magazine goes where the cut out is on the trigger housing at the left behind the silver screw head. The receiver slots are all finished except for the side one for the striker.


  
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Caselman, anyone?

I have finally started on mine. So far, so good. Has anyone else built one, or at least made any parts?

I have the trigger housing, the bolt and bolt body, striker follower body, and spring guide built.

I gave spring winding a try and it is working out great. The first attempts were for the bolt springs. They are 5 1/4" long, .031" wire, with a 5/16" ID. They look quite "professional" even though they were wound with a hand drill while I was sitting on the floor watching TV.

If anyone wants to trade building ideas and stories let me know. I am keeping an updated list on the "plans" corrections and updates based on what I have seen and built.

  
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