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Old May 03, 2018, 15:06   #1
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Re-welding cleaning rod tabs SLR-95?

Have an older SLR-95. Considering attempting to spot weld the tabs back on (if I can locate some cast-off GB / FSB) and drill the HG's. Fools errand? Should I learn to live with it as is? I've considered removing the factory brake, and FSB in order to replace. This is an option as well. Just not entirely unhappy with them as is, and have read mixed results threading these barrels. Only the missing cleaning rod is pestering my OCD at the moment. Front sight and brake are ugly, but livable.
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Old May 03, 2018, 17:36   #2
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The only difficult time I had on the cleaning rod retainer (which is also a bayonet mount for the type A) was the actual head recess. I made mine more square on the bottom, than concave - just routing it out slowly with a 1/8" end mill.

I was having too much trouble keeping the lug from rotating when I applied heat for hard solder, so I drilled an undersize hole in a block - soldered that on, then used a long drill to complete the hole to size. Then a keyway cutter for the sides.

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Since we're on the topic of cleaning rods. How do you get them to stay in? Mine slides out on every shot. Is there something to be done, other than either leaving it home or duct tape.
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Something was probably removed from your barrel group.
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I'll have to do some checking. It's not that big of a deal to me, as I clean with a bore snake.
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The only difficult time I had on the cleaning rod retainer (which is also a bayonet mount for the type A) was the actual head recess. I made mine more square on the bottom, than concave - just routing it out slowly with a 1/8" end mill.

I was having too much trouble keeping the lug from rotating when I applied heat for hard solder, so I drilled an undersize hole in a block - soldered that on, then used a long drill to complete the hole to size. Then a keyway cutter for the sides.

Great stuff. Thanks for sharing, Mark. Still trying to track them down, and decide if it's worth it.
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Why not just replace the gas block and front sight? Not like the SLR-95 has the right gas block anyway!

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Why not just replace the gas block and front sight?
Well, like I mentioned in my original post. This is an option I'm considering.
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A couple I've done in the past were not too bad in complexity. I simply machined a small chunk of steel and then TIG welded it into place. Then, I machined away everything to mimic the exact shape as the original. I had another one to go by which helped tremendously. Can't even tell.


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