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D.R.E.
05-13-2009, 3:21 PM
NOTE: TRADE ONLY!!!!



I have a variety of excellent quality pythons (4", 6", blued, SS, e-nick from different decades).

Update: also looking for a bridgeport mill in good condition.


I'm looking to trade one (or possibly two, or cash) for an 11" or 12" very good quality metal working lathe --- hardinge, pratt & Whitney, Rivett, Emco/Meier, Schaublin, possibly leblond. Not interested at all in south bend, or chinese import or similar quality lathes. I need runout of <= .0005 using a good indicator.

If you have such a lathe, I can send photos, or you could pick the python in person from a set.

I am NOT looking to sell. This is trade only. My apologies.

Quality would be similar to:
http://i40.photobucket.com/albums/e226/ddd_rrr_eee/three.jpg

D.R.E.
05-14-2009, 11:29 AM
btt

albay95
05-14-2009, 12:56 PM
:eek: Unbelievable, major BUMP

socalgunrunner
05-14-2009, 1:12 PM
Beautiful guns. Good luck with your search.

D.R.E.
05-14-2009, 9:07 PM
couple more photos --- no one has a quality lathe they don't need? It can be old as long as it's good quality.

This is a bi-centennial python that I'd consider trading for the lathe:

http://i40.photobucket.com/albums/e226/ddd_rrr_eee/DSC04562.jpg

http://i40.photobucket.com/albums/e226/ddd_rrr_eee/DSC04574.jpg

http://i40.photobucket.com/albums/e226/ddd_rrr_eee/DSC04577.jpg

http://i40.photobucket.com/albums/e226/ddd_rrr_eee/DSC04583.jpg

K5Cruiser
05-14-2009, 9:24 PM
That bicentennial is purdy! I like the Eagle on the grip. Unfortunately I don't have a nice lathe to trade. Check out www.owwm.org, it's primarily a wood working site, but there are some metal machinery that pop up now and then.

D.R.E.
05-14-2009, 9:27 PM
That bicentennial is purdy! I like the Eagle on the grip. Unfortunately I don't have a nice lathe to trade. Check out www.owwm.org, it's primarily a wood working site, but there are some metal machinery that pop up now and then.

Yeah, I really like the grips too. Haven't seen anywhere else to buy them though, unfortunately.

The ebony oversize eagle grips are kind of like them, w/o the emblem:

http://www.eaglegrips.com/guns/Ebony-Colt-Python-Grips.html

Though as a warning, both pairs I've put on have required some fitting.

Thanks for the pointer!

Heatseeker
05-14-2009, 9:35 PM
No one person should be allowed so many beautiful Pythons!!! :)

You wouldn't be interested in a freshly restored Logan 825, would you?

D.R.E.
05-14-2009, 9:44 PM
No one person should be allowed so many beautiful Pythons!!! :)

You wouldn't be interested in a freshly restored Logan 825, would you?

Thanks Heatseeker!

I have nothing against logans. Hell, if I could get by w/ a chinese mini-lathe I'd use that.

Unfortunately the lathe is for fixing endshake on pythons (make a bushing, widen cylinder hole, cut barrel shoulder back) and the gunsmith giving me pointers is pretty specific about the brands he considers acceptable.

I won't have that many anymore; machines are &$&! expensive!

Heatseeker
05-14-2009, 10:01 PM
I wish I could find a gunsmith mentor local to me. One of the reasons I picked up and restored the old Logan was for 'smithing.

I'm sure you've been told, buying the machine is only the beginning. Wait until you start investing in tooling :eek: .

Good luck with your search.

D.R.E.
05-14-2009, 10:04 PM
Did I say close? Ha! :D

I had to fly out to AZ to work with Frank Glenn, and the other guy I've never met, despite 1000+ emails.

But, it's really helpful to have someone watch. Often you do a couple dumb mistakes you don't realize that a pro spots immediately.

Plus a bunch of the useful tricks never get written down or are so second nature the guy doesn't even think to say them.

I think I'll be ok for tooling --- I just need to do the three jobs on it (bushing, reaming, cutting barrel shoulder) so hopefully there's not too much.

On the other hand I keep eying a bridgeport w/ DRO for $3500. So that would take a big bite out of my colts.

Honestly I'm starting to like working on them more than shooting them these days. I still like girls, though, so things aren't too jacked up. :)

bcali
05-14-2009, 10:30 PM
I think I need to go and buy a lathe (or two)
:drool5: :drool5: :drool5:



Free bump.

D.R.E.
05-16-2009, 3:40 AM
Close to buying cincinnati lathe, but just checking if anyone has something for trade.

Noel
05-16-2009, 5:47 AM
Close to buying cincinnati lathe, but just checking if anyone has something for trade.

You might consider selling one or two to buy the metal lathe you want!

TM BNDT
05-16-2009, 7:51 AM
bump for a great colt collection...
goodluck with your sale..

D.R.E.
05-16-2009, 11:39 AM
You might consider selling one or two to buy the metal lathe you want!

I was kind of hoping to get someone to give up a lathe that they might not consider giving up for mere cash :)

D.R.E.
05-16-2009, 10:57 PM
Still looking. No one has an extra hardinge or cincinnati?


http://i40.photobucket.com/albums/e226/ddd_rrr_eee/DSC04510.jpg

http://i40.photobucket.com/albums/e226/ddd_rrr_eee/DSC04498.jpg

http://i40.photobucket.com/albums/e226/ddd_rrr_eee/DSC04497.jpg

http://i40.photobucket.com/albums/e226/ddd_rrr_eee/DSC04505.jpg

http://i40.photobucket.com/albums/e226/ddd_rrr_eee/DSC04504.jpg

Noel
05-16-2009, 11:36 PM
Wow… I kill for this Python… Maybe that’s the wrong terminology to be using on this forum!:eek:

tzahoy
05-17-2009, 7:13 AM
Keep an eye on Craigslist, good lathes come up regularly, but if it's a good deal you have to be on it instantly because there's a lot of Hawks like me out there. A Hardinge toolroom lathe with threading and a good amount of tooling sold about a month ago for $2250 in Los Gatos. I was second in line which did me no good. It was at half of market value. I imagine at that price it had to be well worn, or the guy was clueless (not that likely in my opinion)

Be prepared to check at least twice a day to catch the deals, otherwise you won't even know you missed them. Also Gary Aragon is known to be an honest guy to deal with, and I imagine his inventory is high right now, and prices are relatively low.

Good luck!

D.R.E.
05-17-2009, 2:46 PM
Keep an eye on Craigslist, good lathes come up regularly, but if it's a good deal you have to be on it instantly because there's a lot of Hawks like me out there. A Hardinge toolroom lathe with threading and a good amount of tooling sold about a month ago for $2250 in Los Gatos. I was second in line which did me no good. It was at half of market value. I imagine at that price it had to be well worn, or the guy was clueless (not that likely in my opinion)

Be prepared to check at least twice a day to catch the deals, otherwise you won't even know you missed them. Also Gary Aragon is known to be an honest guy to deal with, and I imagine his inventory is high right now, and prices are relatively low.

Good luck!

Oh wow. That's too bad about the hardinge. I've only been checking CL once a day. I'll have to take some of my effort from calguns and shift it to that :) Are there any other places you recommend? I was looking at a few on Scott Machinery in Sac.

If you see any high quality lathes that are at least 11" center to center that you pass on, I'd be grateful if you forwarded a pointer to them.

Thanks again!

tzahoy
05-17-2009, 5:18 PM
Rob Kroha (not sure if the spelling is correct) also has a reputation as an honest dealer, although my experience is that his prices are high, but everone is adjusting their prices to the new economy. Lots of machine shops are hurting right now, I get calls weekly from them looking for business. Lots of machinery is being liquidated and it's a buyer's market. You're looking at the right time.

You're looking at the right machines, buy good American iron and you won't ever regret it. Don't be afraid of a South Bend, I have a SB 11" toolroom lathe and it is VERY accurate. TIR is most often a function of the chuck, IF the spindle is in good shape. Plane bearing spindles can be just as if not more accurate than ball bearing.

If I see something good I'll pass it on. PM me your email if you check it more frequently than PM.

D.R.E.
05-21-2009, 8:38 PM
still looking!

D.R.E.
05-26-2009, 5:05 AM
Also looking for a bridgeport mill, good condition.