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AK-74 Barrel Transplant

This is a discussion on AK-74 Barrel Transplant within the Defensive Rifles & Shotgun Discussion forums, part of the Related Topics category; Thankya Bunny! Pics to follow, but: All pins removed. The reports on Bulgy pin removal are accurate: they're in there firmly but it doesn't take ...

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    Thankya Bunny!


    Pics to follow, but:

    • All pins removed. The reports on Bulgy pin removal are accurate: they're in there firmly but it doesn't take 50,000 pounds of pressure to get 'em out. Sight, gas block, and rear sight blocks will still require a press though.
    • Headspace gauges have arrived, as has a beee-autiful Bulgarian chrome-lined barrel!
    • I didn't need everything included in AKBuilder's barrel press kit, so Curtis was excessively cool and only sold me what I needed.
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    Can't wait to see your progress! Please keep us informed.
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    Quote Originally Posted by The Cat View Post
    A guy with a monkey on his shoulder goes into a bar. The bartender hates monkeys with a passion, and tells the guy to get the hell out ASAP. The guy convinces the bartender to serve him one beer, and after that the guy'd leave. The bartender agrees, on the condition that he'd keep the monkey from doing anything mischievous.
    While the guy's drinking his beer, the monkey jumps off his shoulder, runs to the pool table, and swallows the cue ball.
    The bartender runs them out at shotgun point, loudly cussing the guy AND his monkey.
    A couple days later, the guy with the monkey comes back, telling the bartender that he's sorry, and that he's had the cue ball professionally cleaned and he wants to return it. The bartender thinks this is cool, and offers the guy a beer on the condition that he keeps the monkey with him. The guy shows the bartender that the monkey's chained to him, and can't get away, so the bartender pours him a beer.
    The monkey jumps up on the bar, grabs a peanut, sticks it up his butt, then eats it.
    This grosses out the bartender, but instead of running the guy out again, curiosity gets the better of him.

    "Why did that monkey shove the peanut up his butt and THEN eat it?" he asked.

    "After what he went thru passing that cue ball, he measures everything he eats now!"


    The moral of the story: After what I'm going thru with Century, the ONLY way I'll EVER get another one of their products is if I'm sure that I'm sure that I'm SURE that it's RIGHT. And then, MAYBE.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dukalmighty View Post
    How is sticking gun parts up your butt gonna insure reliability
    It tests the durability of the Parkerizing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by The Cat View Post
    It tests the durability of the Parkerizing.
    OMG! That is so funny!!! LOL
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    Thanks, Bunny!!! :)



    Okay, I've performed a barrel-ectomy.





    Here's the lousy quality that is Century. It looks like they shaved down the gas block area with a bench grinder:






    The bottom of the same area. It looks all for the world like there was a gas port there, but they filled it in!





    It gets better - THE BARREL WAS LOOSE SO THEY KNURLED IT TO GET IT TO FIT TIGHTER!!!!!!!!






    On to some eye candy! The new Bulgarian barrel! looooook at that chrooooome liiiiiiining!!!



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    It gets better - THE BARREL WAS LOOSE SO THEY KNURLED IT TO GET IT TO FIT TIGHTER!!!!!!!!
    OMG!!! It looks like when they drill the gas port, they drilled all the way through!

    They are some wonderful gun builders at Century, for MONKEYS!!!!!
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    Cool pics. Looks like your project is coming along nicely.

    Thanks for sharing....look forward to more.

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    Looking good ya got more guts than I got, LOL. Can't wait to see more.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gun Bunny View Post
    OMG!!! It looks like when they drill the gas port, they drilled all the way through!

    They are some wonderful gun builders at Century, for MONKEYS!!!!!
    I do believe you're on to something there. I'd like to have that barrel cut in such a way as to see exactly what went on in it.

    Okay, before I took the barrel out I did some checking. Century actually got the headspacing right! I did a bunch of little measurements, and from what I can tell, it doesn't look like the new barrel is going to have any headspacing problems. That, plus the fact that it's a Bulgarian barrel going into a Bulgarian trunnion, and how nicely-made the Bulgarian components are, makes me a bit optimistic in that area.

    Now, I just have to make some sort of tool that'll help get the rear sight block off the barrel. Once THAT is done, maybe an hour quality time with a press will get the job DONE!!!!

    Rigrat, I never EVER thought I'd be doing this to an AK. Ever. This is a bigtime FIRST, and if you've got the right tools, it's pretty easy!
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    What an interesting thread! I'm sorry for your frustration with Century, but I'm following this thread avidly, hoping for your ultimate triumph.
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    +1 on being interested in your project! Please keep us up-to-date with pictures and whatever details you can spare.

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    Thanks, fellas!

    I got to looking, and they didn't drill completely thru the barrel after all. A little parkerizing went thru the hole in the bottom of the gas block, and on the rough metal it *looked* like a fill-in.
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    The old barrel is HISTORY, and its name shall never be bespoken of again!


    Barrel components, getting acquainted with their new home.

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    Very cool, keep us updated
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