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by Sw1ngK1ng
Mon Sep 25, 2017 10:46 pm
Forum: MG42 General Discussion
Topic: More Dumb MG42 7.62 Headspace Questions
Replies: 11
Views: 341

Re: More Dumb MG42 7.62 Headspace Questions

When I set the headspacing on my mg the extractor ended up being about .01in. away from the face of the barrel so that should not effect your headspace. If it dose then I would take the barrel to a machinist or a really good gunsmith, explain how to headspace the barrel and have them do it. I imagin...
by Sw1ngK1ng
Wed Apr 26, 2017 5:35 pm
Forum: MG42 General Discussion
Topic: reloading for semi-auto mg53
Replies: 4
Views: 325

Re: reloading for semi-auto mg53

My mg seems to like 42gr. loads, just going to add 1/2gr. for reliability. Dose anyone have a good source for projectiles? Best deal I have found is .30c a piece for privi 198 grain fmj, some cheeper 170gr. stuff but this privy stuff is much nicer.
by Sw1ngK1ng
Sun Apr 23, 2017 5:56 pm
Forum: MG42 Build It Yourself
Topic: Help with Build
Replies: 53
Views: 1837

Re: Help with Build

Just be carful with the alinement. That alinement is what causes out of battery detonations when its not right. A good way to make sure the bolt runs smooth it to run it through the rails and unlocking piece by hand and if you don't feel any ledges that it has to bump over then it should be ok, it w...
by Sw1ngK1ng
Sat Apr 22, 2017 6:06 pm
Forum: MG42 General Discussion
Topic: reloading for semi-auto mg53
Replies: 4
Views: 325

Re: reloading for semi-auto mg53

If you already have 42 and 45 grain loads, why not make a belt with 43 and 44? Mark each belt, and listen to the gun run when you shoot them. The gun will tell you when you get the right amount of powder, as it will run with a cadence that isn't there with too little powder, and doesn't run any bet...
by Sw1ngK1ng
Sat Apr 22, 2017 1:04 pm
Forum: MG42 General Discussion
Topic: reloading for semi-auto mg53
Replies: 4
Views: 325

reloading for semi-auto mg53

I just finished my setup for reloading 8mm with 298 grain projectiles and hodgdon h414 powder. My reloading book recommends 45gr. of powder so I made a few to the books spec as well as some at 42gr. of powder since my mg runs really smoothly. It is a long drive for me to testfire so dose anyone have...
by Sw1ngK1ng
Fri Apr 21, 2017 11:50 pm
Forum: MG42 General Discussion
Topic: MG blew up in my face! Need help
Replies: 36
Views: 1512

Re: MG blew up in my face! Need help

Technically you can headspace an mg with a live round but you best hope it is 100% to spec which is very unlikely and you still won't know if it too deep. I don't know if you have the gauges or not but if you don't, get them. Nobody that knows what they are doing will tell you how to headspace with ...
by Sw1ngK1ng
Fri Apr 21, 2017 9:15 pm
Forum: MG42 Build It Yourself
Topic: Help with Build
Replies: 53
Views: 1837

Re: Help with Build

also having a bolt binding issue when i mount the rails it will glide smoothly untill i get to the camming block then will go no further it feels like its binding somewhere just can see how my rails may not be high enough as they are directly in line currently i figure ill have to remove some mater...
by Sw1ngK1ng
Thu Apr 13, 2017 11:52 pm
Forum: MG42 General Discussion
Topic: MG blew up in my face! Need help
Replies: 36
Views: 1512

Re: MG blew up in my face! Need help

8mm shells look near ready to blow. Did you check headspace? I checked it face of the bolt to the barrel has 0.5mm clearance with rollers fully locked, the same as my old yugo. If headspace was bad then it would show on first 10 rounds? Do you have automotive feeler gauges? Can you take your best b...
by Sw1ngK1ng
Thu Apr 13, 2017 11:33 pm
Forum: MG42 Build It Yourself
Topic: Help with Build
Replies: 53
Views: 1837

Re: Help with Build

I've built some that ended up 383mm (over compensated for weld shrinkage) and they work fine. Mine ended up about 1/4 in. short and functions flawlessly. Was having issues until I changed to good ammo. Shorter will likely only require less gas presser to operate, not that one should stray from prov...
by Sw1ngK1ng
Thu Apr 13, 2017 11:28 pm
Forum: MG42 Build It Yourself
Topic: Help with Build
Replies: 53
Views: 1837

Re: Help with Build

So i got it all put together i drilled the holes fir the rails and cutout the D holes for the rails. Seems as though i hace miss alighned the right(charging handle side) rail though it is slightly below the camming block so trying to revisit this issue and correct it open ti helpful suggestions as ...
by Sw1ngK1ng
Wed Mar 29, 2017 12:35 am
Forum: MG42 General Discussion
Topic: Pricing of semi MG/M53 now in 2017?
Replies: 25
Views: 1050

Re: Pricing of semi MG/M53 now in 2017?

I don't do the semi 42s, so it may well be worth more. Gunbroker would be a good place to watch to see what the latest selling prices are. For a full auto, it's around $40,000. I see a lot of guns sell for far higher than their real value on there so if I ever do sell that will probably be where. O...
by Sw1ngK1ng
Wed Mar 29, 2017 12:30 am
Forum: MG42 General Discussion
Topic: What finish do you prefer on your mg42/53
Replies: 0
Views: 246

What finish do you prefer on your mg42/53

I am almost done working out the bugs in my mg53 and Im thinking about finishes. I temporarily cold blued the bare metal for protection but it is too uneven for me lo like it. I feel like hot blue would be nice but all of work. Im probably just going to have it parkerized but I have a few questions ...
by Sw1ngK1ng
Tue Mar 28, 2017 3:30 pm
Forum: MG42 General Discussion
Topic: Pricing of semi MG/M53 now in 2017?
Replies: 25
Views: 1050

Re: Pricing of semi MG/M53 now in 2017?

jbaum wrote:$3,000 would be closer to reality.


Still wish that number was higher too lol. They take so much time to build.
by Sw1ngK1ng
Mon Mar 27, 2017 5:58 pm
Forum: MG42 General Discussion
Topic: Pricing of semi MG/M53 now in 2017?
Replies: 25
Views: 1050

Re: Pricing of semi MG/M53 now in 2017?

What do you think a quality home built mg53 with a nice finish would go for with no extras?
by Sw1ngK1ng
Mon Mar 27, 2017 5:51 pm
Forum: MG42 Build It Yourself
Topic: Help with Build
Replies: 53
Views: 1837

Re: Help with Build

Ok... guess mine was cut too small ill have to fix it later. I have trouple reading some of the prints from brp witch is why im using some measurements from multiple sources. It seems they are all fairly close just slightly smaller or largwr of an area removed i figured to go mostly on the smaller ...
by Sw1ngK1ng
Sun Mar 26, 2017 10:57 pm
Forum: MG42 General Discussion
Topic: 8mm Romanian surplus
Replies: 13
Views: 497

Re: 8mm Romanian surplus

all of the above, it is well known. Well I guess I should have waited before drilling my nozzle to 13mm then lol. My mg is very smooth though so I think I will still be ok. still want to shoot the 200 rounds I have left though and keep an eye on a weld that Im not too confident in so if it survives...
by Sw1ngK1ng
Sun Mar 26, 2017 9:49 pm
Forum: MG42 Build It Yourself
Topic: Help with Build
Replies: 53
Views: 1837

Re: Help with Build

Here is a picture of how the charging handle sits in the cuts;


IMG_6806.JPG.jpg
by Sw1ngK1ng
Sun Mar 26, 2017 9:42 pm
Forum: MG42 Build It Yourself
Topic: Help with Build
Replies: 53
Views: 1837

Re: Help with Build

So was drawing the charging handle slot. And was messing with my machined ratchet plate from global machine and i dawned on me is the charging handle supposed to glide in the cut in the ratchet plate? It seems like it should, also how much room for for varience is there for measurements on the cuto...
by Sw1ngK1ng
Sun Mar 26, 2017 8:51 pm
Forum: MG42 General Discussion
Topic: 8mm Romanian surplus
Replies: 13
Views: 497

Re: 8mm Romanian surplus

hakentt wrote:That ammo is junk. When people refer to Romanian ammo they mean this ammo http://www.aimsurplus.com/product.aspx?item=A8Rom

In fact just use newest stuff

http://www.aimsurplus.com/product.aspx?item=AP8FMJ198



What about it is bad? Is it hot, inconsistent primers or dimensions?
by Sw1ngK1ng
Sun Mar 26, 2017 6:18 pm
Forum: MG42 Build It Yourself
Topic: Help with Build
Replies: 53
Views: 1837

Re: Help with Build

To answer your question i dont have any prior machinists skills just kinda floating through this, hence why im gathering all the information i can, i have a gunsmith local im good friends with but he made it clear he wants nothing to do with this build Building these guns are pretty far past the ab...

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