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Posted: 8/22/2010 2:39:19 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 9/6/2010 3:16:51 PM EDT by stimpsonjcat]
Got out all my parts and cleaned up the receiver pieces.

Decided I did not want to hack up the sexy text on the receiver, got to looking at it and modded the blocking bar to be behind the text areas and then only welded on either side.



Here she is all welded up except for some cleanup welds.

Link Posted: 8/22/2010 2:42:10 PM EDT
oh.. ok... I thought it was going to be something with a Bren Ten
Link Posted: 8/22/2010 3:31:57 PM EDT
Ronnie approves!

Link Posted: 8/22/2010 5:15:41 PM EDT
dang dude! once again I'm jealous....

what did you use to weld it?
Link Posted: 8/22/2010 6:30:12 PM EDT
Mig. Easier to fill voids/holes.

At least until I get my tig someday.

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Link Posted: 8/22/2010 7:32:59 PM EDT
Are making a semi or are you a MFG making a post sample? Just wondering.. I have a semi Bren built by Len Savage... I like the gun alot and it sure does turn alot of heads at the range.. just gets expensive to feed....Let me know if you find some decent prices on 303....
Here is my Bren



Chris
Link Posted: 8/23/2010 6:58:30 AM EDT
He said he added the blocking bar, so semi....
Link Posted: 8/23/2010 7:13:47 AM EDT
Originally Posted By FNGfromGA:
Are making a semi or are you a MFG making a post sample? Just wondering.. I have a semi Bren built by Len Savage... I like the gun alot and it sure does turn alot of heads at the range.. just gets expensive to feed....Let me know if you find some decent prices on 303....
Here is my Bren

http://i33.tinypic.com/5ocv2p.jpg

Chris


Wow that looks very nice!

Link Posted: 8/23/2010 9:08:56 AM EDT
Cool! Reminds of that scene in "Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels"!
Link Posted: 8/23/2010 2:52:14 PM EDT
Get Len to build you a caliber conversion. My brother bought 1 and got 7.62x54 and I think .308 . I would give Len a call he is local to me.
Link Posted: 8/23/2010 3:50:13 PM EDT
Originally Posted By whiskerz:
Get Len to build you a caliber conversion. My brother bought 1 and got 7.62x54 and I think .308 . I would give Len a call he is local to me.


I can see the cost of 7.62 x 54 going through the roof
Link Posted: 8/23/2010 4:53:34 PM EDT
Originally Posted By 2tom2:
Originally Posted By whiskerz:
Get Len to build you a caliber conversion. My brother bought 1 and got 7.62x54 and I think .308 . I would give Len a call he is local to me.


I can see the cost of 7.62 x 54 going through the roof


I'm set..................


No Bren though
Link Posted: 8/23/2010 5:59:19 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 8/23/2010 6:08:02 PM EDT by stimpsonjcat]
I probably won't be making any caliber conversions for this rifle.

I have done a fair amount of that already and have some cheap shooters and ammo for them.

This will live on a shelf in the man room alongside the 1919 which will be the next project.

Looking at the wood on that pic is inspiring me to do a new buttstock for the old girl. Anyone know of a good source for some cured walnut in appropriate sizes?

I learnt a new method of doing through drilled stocks on the lathe and want to give it a try.
Link Posted: 8/23/2010 6:09:43 PM EDT
Damn, you have to bring that by when completed, I've always wanted to see one
Link Posted: 8/23/2010 7:31:30 PM EDT
Let me know if you need any mags... I have about 20 of them that need all of the cosmoline cleaned off.. I will give you a couple, just because I know I will never have the time to get all of that crap off...

Chris
Link Posted: 8/24/2010 8:58:44 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 8/24/2010 3:28:26 PM EDT by stimpsonjcat]
Free mags?

Well ok!

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Edited to say...I have 10 magazines, so I don't think I need any more.

Also, I ordered US made stock and PG since the wood in my kit is beat up.
Link Posted: 8/28/2010 1:27:26 PM EDT

Latest progress pic.

Headspacing and test firing on Wednesday I am hoping.

Link Posted: 8/28/2010 2:04:02 PM EDT
Nice!

How much will you have in it?
Link Posted: 8/28/2010 2:09:22 PM EDT

$139 kit.
$250 semi parts conversion (I did not have my lathe and mill when I started this project)
I'll resell the jig for a profit I am sure, so not counting it.
$150 US stock and PG, pricey, but pretty!

I guess that's it.

$539
Link Posted: 8/28/2010 2:36:30 PM EDT
Cool!

Does it need to have the US parts count?
Link Posted: 8/28/2010 3:44:55 PM EDT
Originally Posted By stimpsonjcat:

$139 kit.
$250 semi parts conversion (I did not have my lathe and mill when I started this project)
I'll resell the jig for a profit I am sure, so not counting it.
$150 US stock and PG, pricey, but pretty!

I guess that's it.

$539




what!?

wow. i need one now.
Link Posted: 8/29/2010 7:37:47 AM EDT
Kinda off topic, but how difficult would it be to convert it to shoot ammo that is more widely available and cheaper?
Link Posted: 8/30/2010 8:18:15 AM EDT

Apparently conversions to 7.62x54R are possible, I don't have any of that so meh. I'll look at making it 8mm, but making a custom bbl would not be simple and not sure the mags will handle it.

What might be fun would be 7.62x25 blowback bolt or something that size.
Link Posted: 8/31/2010 9:16:53 AM EDT
thats beautiful!!!!
may i ask where you got such a nice kit?
Link Posted: 8/31/2010 6:55:48 PM EDT

It's an interordnance torch-cut kit from ages ago. Should have bought 5 of them.

Link Posted: 9/1/2010 3:13:59 AM EDT
Wiki says BREN guns were issued in 7.62 NATO for a while, are any of those barrels available?
Link Posted: 9/1/2010 4:12:31 AM EDT
Originally Posted By dwinecof:
Wiki says BREN guns were issued in 7.62 NATO for a while, are any of those barrels available?


they also require their own special magazine
Link Posted: 9/1/2010 7:21:45 PM EDT

I reground some troubles spots and rewelded them...but foolishly did not put the receiver back on the jig to do so figuring they were just small 1/4" to 1/2" and very shallow. Just spots I missed welding up flush.

I got everything cleaned up and then noticed the area near the locking nut must have warped a tin bit. I had to remove some material from the face of the nut. Both bbls now lock in nicely.

Headspace is far to tight, the bolt will not close on either bbl. Which I suppose is the better of the two possibilities. I'll make a jig to hold the 'shoulder' at the correct angle, as I suspect I will be making several adjustments to get it right.
Link Posted: 9/4/2010 3:37:42 PM EDT

Got headspace set to minimum and pulled the trigger today. No Kaboom.

All the neighbors are up, so I decided not to keep bumping rounds into the bullet trap trying to check the other gas settings.

I'll try the highest gas setting next, probably Monday, and then open headspace a bit if needed for function.

Blasting and parking this thing is gonna be a pain!
Link Posted: 9/6/2010 3:18:31 PM EDT

Update!

She's running! Yes that's right we have cycling of deliciously expensive 303 through this sexy remanufactured weapon!

Who hates me? Come on...it's OK...I understand.
Link Posted: 9/6/2010 3:31:51 PM EDT
i love that thing!!!! i built a semi 1919 a few years ago and i think it really means a lot when you build it yourself. i will be doing a Bren project one day. i just dont have the knowledge or experience (or correct tools) yet. in fact, i may be interested in getting that jig from you. i think yours really turned out nice, glad to hear its working so well. dont forget to post more pics once blasted and parked!
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