Drilling and Tapping for the first time - help!

Discussion in 'Technical Questions & Information' started by mookiie, Feb 23, 2012.

  1. mookiie

    mookiie New Member

    Feb 23, 2012
    I am drilling and tapping an SKS reciever for the first time. I plan to use a drill press to drill the wholes. It is a square receiver so it should be easy to clamp. Can anyone with more experience give me some pointers?
  2. jack404

    jack404 Former Guest

    Jan 11, 2010
    to help tap straight you can use a peice of old thong ( flip flops i think in the USA )

    drill a millimeter or so undersize and tap through that with lots of oil ..

  3. Zane71464

    Zane71464 Well-Known Member

    Aug 1, 2009
    Ohio NRA Member
    ...I might add, to be sure and set you drill press stop at the right depth
    you intend to drill. (for the right screw depth)
    And welcome to the forum!
  4. Bindernut

    Bindernut Well-Known Member

    Oct 24, 2007
    ND, USA
    Also, when laying out your holes make sure you get them centerlined to the receiver so that the scope mount is as close to your zero point as possible.
    Tapping for a side mount on an SKS, you're not really going to have a problem with the windage, but yif the holes get off track your elevation may be too far off to dial in your zero with the scope's adjustment.

    To get holes tapped straight, most of the time I use the drill press.
    I chuck the tap into the drill and turn the chuck by hand (do NOT use the motor! :))
    Usually, I will tap each hole right after I drill it and before I move onto the next hole. That way you don't have to re-center the work under the tap...small taps don't take very much side-stress before they snap off.

    Break your chips frequently (Do a tiny turn, then back off. Another tiny turn, then back off, repeat as needed.) If you cut too big of a chip, it'll curl around inside the flutes of the tap and jam it up...and snap off.

    Use the right size drill bit for the screw/thread size you're cutting.
    Google search for "tap/drill size chart".
    There is a very complete one on Wikipedia, but it's not a handy one to download or print out. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Drill_and_tap_size_chart
    Lots of them out there that will cover any size hole that you'll be tapping.
  5. Charles Christensen

    Charles Christensen New Member

    Nov 13, 2011
    Get a piece of scrap metal of the same type and drill and tap 100 holes before you touch the gun.
  6. 76Highboy

    76Highboy Well-Known Member

    Jan 1, 2012
    Words of wisodm.
    Last edited: Feb 25, 2012
  7. Gabob

    Gabob Well-Known Member

    Dec 5, 2005
    The only SKS I drilled and tapped was very easy. It did throw some spectacular crimson sparks when I was drilling it. Looked like a Strontium flame test from chemistry lab. I have drilled and tapped lots of metal but never seen anything like that.
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