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February 20, 2018

In depth: The Barrel Reaming Process

HB Tooling and Gun Drills

Rifle barrels are made a number of ways, but the most common method starts with a gundrill, followed by reaming, and finally rifling with a button.  Other popular methods would include hammer forge, honing, or cut rifling. No matter the method, drilling a deep hole is necessary.  Star SU reamers, drills, and buttons focus on geometrical quality and better finishes. 

Surface and edge conditions are very important in creating deep holes such as the rifle barrel. Working in conjunction with coating partners, today’s deep hole products are performing in quality and productivity like never before.   

The new coatings Star SU utilizes (top), vastly improve smoothness versus more common coatings (bottom). Each imperfection in the coating can be a propagation point for wear. Minimizing the imperfections maximizes performance consistency whether coated or not.

Edge conditions are equally important. When magnified, carbide edges are jagged. Rounding those edges allow the coatings to form properly between the ground surfaces of the cutting tool at the edge.  This slight rounding keeps the coating intact and stops premature adhesion wear. Pictures below illustrate this.

For more information on gundrilling click here: http://bit.ly/2CTH9D6

Jeff Michael – Engineering Manager, Round Tools

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