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Nose Job

Discussion in 'Air Pistols' started by Modski66, May 24, 2020.

  1. Modski66

    Modski66 Engaging Member

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    Having just received some pellet shells for my smooth bore MKVI, and finding them to work as I had hoped, it leaves me with six bb only shells that I can, er, only use for bb's...
    Will I make use of them for bb's? Will I 'eck as like! :(
    Then I saw yesterday a post about a first generation Dan Wesson pellet snubbie, with the screw fronted shells, which got me thinking whether I could modify my bb shells to accept pellets in a similar way. And indeed I can! :D
    After a bit of trial and error, I worked out a method using 4.5mm and 4.8mm drills, a sharp craft knife and a needle file.
    Seems to do the job, might need a bit of fine tuning and some fps checks, but I now have six extra shells I can fire pellets from. Ironically, I can't use bb's in them, but before I started, I proved to myself that I still have the ability to shoot bb's from the new rear loading pellet shells, so I will be able to use up the couple of thousand I have. :thumb:
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    If you go on ebay there's a guy that sells 'thin walled 5mm OD brass tubing', you could use that as an inner barrel for the shells and if you open up the hole at the base of the cartridge you could load them from the rear too , the tube is nice and smooth plus they are a great fit for the RWS MK 4.49/4.5 7grn pellets ;)
     
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    I’m not at all clues up with these, but looks like a good job mate:thumb:
     
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    That bullet does look cool !
     
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    I did think about drilling all the way through to be able to load from the aft end, but as I don't have a lathe it would have been a bit risky. :eek:
    That is very interesting about the brass tube, I might get some in just to have in stock. :thumb:
     
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    If you've got a drill press you should be okay, just find a drill bit that fits the original hole size and centre the drill using that, lock the vice down firmly and then just swap the drill bit out for a 5mm. Once you've set it all up for the first one you should be able just to swap out the shells and just keep drilling. Then you could cut the tubing to length and insert inside the shells, it might need glueing in place (I'd use epoxy) but hey, what else you going to do with the shells ?

    :nicethread:
     
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  7. PBaz Barrett

    PBaz Barrett 'I love slinging lead me'..

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    Sound's ok mate, nice job.. :thumb:
     
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    Interesting mod. My smoothbore MKVI shoots bb's more accurately than pellets though!
     
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    Sadly no drill press either. :(
     
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    I've created a monster...

    And it's all Headhunter's fault!

    After his suggestion, I ended up drilling through one of the original shells and fitting a length of brass tube; if I just pop the pellet in I get 415 fps, if I seat it I get 422 fps.
    For comparison, the official pellet shells are giving me 385 fps.

    I have got to do it all five more times now to get the rest to match...

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    Nice one buddy ! :)

    You've done a grand job there, glad you took the advice about the tubing, judging by the results it seems to work really well !
     
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