It´s been almost a year since I decided to put some hard earned cash into a new lathe. Having spent way too much time on YouTube finally drove me over the edge, inspired by the likes of Practical Renaissance, tubalcain/mrpete222, and of course the genius Clickspring. So I ordered an HBM 250x550 Chinese lathe and then spent at least as much money on accessories (didn´t see that one coming). I have learnt a lot after the first trembling steps in the workshop and it´s been a blast, and sometimes extremely frustrating also. I´m thinking about making an overview video of this lathe as I never found anything about it when searching for it prior to my order.
So far I´ve threaded five rifle barrels - all of which were threaded M14x1 for suppressors. One 243 Winchester, two 308´s, a 300 Win Mag and an 8x57 Mauser. All turned out really well and it goes to show that this isn´t exactly rocket science but you do need to be meticulous and stay focused. Each barrel took several hours of work to finish including all parts of the operations. I made a short video of the first one I did - a Ruger American 308, and this is also my first video after a two year "break" from my YouTube channel. Please comment on the video or give a thumbs up if you feel like it.