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Need to make an add-on rib for my 1100 barrel. Pretty sure I'm going with steel because I need some weight up front anyways (the rib should come out close to 7oz).

I found the dimensions I need (.1875 x .3125) ready made, only problem (maybe) is its in W1 tool steel.

I know tool steel is WAY overkill for what I need, but its the only material I can find that's ready made to my dimensions, and I can buy it for $4 to $8 for a 3' section (enough for 1 rib) depending on supplier. Otherwise I'll have to have something waterjet cut, and that will be $50 minimum plus material.

Any issues drilling and tapping holes for front (6-48) and mid (3-56) beads? What I'm reading online is that it shouldn't be an issue in its unhardened state, but I really don't want to order it and break a couple taps in the process discovering it isn't.

Also, since its steel, I might as well blue it to match the barrel. Anyone know how well W1 will take bluing? I can duracoat or powder coat it if I have to, but would much prefer to blue it if it'll work.
 

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Keep the drill bit cool with light oil and use Tap magic when threading. for that matter you can use the TM on the drill too.

HM
 

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As you said, the steel will be in the unhardened state when you buy it. For your intended use, you will never have to harden it so no worries. -Ed
 

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W1 is cold work steel. Unless you just whizz the bejesus out of the tools and really get it hot you won't have any trouble with it. If it gets a bit warm let it cool naturally, quenching in water is what hardens this grade of steel.

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As i said in the first post w1 is the only material i can find that is already in the dimensions i need.
 
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