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    Default Here is the "Roll Your Own Clone" HK Build Article, exclusively for HKPRO

    Just in case it was missed in the earlier thread, you have my permission to keep this article for the HKPRO Reference Library as long as it is considered useful.

    I hope it is helpful.

    Enjoy!

    Jeff Z

    http://static.hkpro.com/straightgrai...atBuildnew.pdf

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    Good read, thanks

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    Thanks Jeff!

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    what a great source of information! Thanks.

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    So how much money besides the parts kit and the flat would I have to invest in this for it to work?
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    Quote Originally Posted by tomketchum View Post
    So how much money besides the parts kit and the flat would I have to invest in this for it to work?
    The biggest cost item is a tig welder, and the skill to use it. That is enough cost right right there that if you didn't plan on doing a bunch of them, or have use for the welding machine after the project, the cost to roll your own is a not even close to reasonable.

    A decent entry tig machine (miller/lincoln) setup, and ready to run is going to be in the $2k range. Sure you can get harbor freight machines for less than that, but I don't know that you would be happy with the machine.

    Add the various other tools, clamps, presses etc... and there is probably another $1000.

    $3k in tooling, vs $500-1000 to have one of the reputable smiths build me one, and stand behind the build if it doesn't work right... no contest.

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    Thanks for the info.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jdonovan View Post
    The biggest cost item is a tig welder, and the skill to use it. That is enough cost right right there that if you didn't plan on doing a bunch of them, or have use for the welding machine after the project, the cost to roll your own is a not even close to reasonable.

    A decent entry tig machine (miller/lincoln) setup, and ready to run is going to be in the $2k range. Sure you can get harbor freight machines for less than that, but I don't know that you would be happy with the machine.

    Add the various other tools, clamps, presses etc... and there is probably another $1000.

    $3k in tooling, vs $500-1000 to have one of the reputable smiths build me one, and stand behind the build if it doesn't work right... no contest.
    You can't really figure the cost of a welder or other fixed tooling costs part of the overall build cost, aside from the HK specific jigs. Most likely anyone that has the ability to do one of these either owns or has access to the expensive tools for the build. I can't imagine, for example, anyone with the ability to TIG weld the thin sheet metal of a flat needing to buy a welder. My HK91 clone cost me about $750. The MP5...as long as I never calculate it, I have plausible deniability as far as the wife is concerned.

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