USEFUL DATA

 

Here is a list of all common screwthreads listed in size order in .pdf format for you to download  – I will work on updating the IMPERIAL measurements.

I find the UNF and UNC are the most useful, followed by the  B.A. threads – the metric seldom fit any old British guns.

Percussion Nipples are often 1/4 BSF,  which DOESN’T correspond to 1/4 UNF.

click here to download  3 landscape pages of the table as a pdf;-  Useful thread Data

Or use the table here;-

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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USEFUL GUN THREADS FOR RESTORATION WORK Copyright Tim Owen 2016
    IMPERIAL METRIC DIMENSIONS
Type SIZE dia T.P.I TAP dia Pitch CLR Tap Angle
B.A. 10 0.689 72.6 0.051 1.700 0.350 2 1.30 47.5
B.A. 9 0.748 65.1 0.063 1.900 0.390 2.2 1.60 47.5
ISO M2 0.079   0.063 2.000 0.400 2.3 1.60 60
B.A. 8 0.087 59.17 0.067 2.200 0.430 2.5 1.70 47.5
DIM 3/32nd >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>   0.094     2.383        
B.A. 7 0.098 52.91 0.079 2.499 0.480 2.8 2.00 47.5
ISO F M2.5 0.098 72.56 0.083 2.500 0.350 2.9 2.10 60
ISO C M2.5 0.098 56.44   2.500 0.450 2.9 2.10 60
UNF No. 3 0.099 56 0.079 2.515 0.454 2.8 2.00 60
UNC No. 3 0.099 48 0.079 2.515 0.529 2.8 2.00 60
B.A. 6 0.110 47.85 0.091 2.799 0.530 3.2 2.30 47.5
UNF No. 4 0.112 48 0.094 2.845 0.529 3.2 2.40 60
UNC No. 4 0.112 40 0.094 2.845 0.635 3.2 2.40 60
ISO F M3 0.118 72.56 0.102 3.000 0.350 3.4 2.60 60
ISO C M3 0.118 50.8 0.098 3.000 0.500 3.4 2.50 60
DIM 1/8th >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>   0.125   0.000 3.175        
UNF No. 5 0.125 44 0.106 3.175 0.577   2.70 60
UNC No. 5 0.125 40 0.102 3.175 0.635   2.60 60
BSW 1/8th 0.125 40 0.098 3.175 0.635   2.50 55
B.A. 5 0.126 43.1 0.102 3.200 0.589   2.60 47.5
ISO F M3.5 0.138 72.57 0.126 3.500 0.350   3.20 60
ISO C M3.5 0.138 42.33 0.114 3.500 0.600   2.90 60
UNF No. 6 0.138 40 0.114 3.505 0.635   2.90 60
UNC No. 6 0.138 32 0.112 3.505 0.794   2.85 60
B.A. 4 0.142 38.46 #VALUE! 3.599 0.660   3.10 47.5
DIM 5/32 nd>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>   0.156     3.967        
ISO F M4 0.158 50.8 0.138 4.000 0.500 4.5 3.50 60
ISO C M4 0.158 36.29 0.130 4.000 0.700 4.5 3.30 60
B.A. 3 0.161 34.84 0.134 4.100 0.730 4.5 3.40 47.5
UNF No. 8 0.164 36 0.125 4.166 0.706 4.5 3.50 60
UNC No. 8 0.164 32 0.125 4.166 0.794 4.5 3.50 60
ISO F M4.5 0.177 50.8 0.154 4.500 0.500 5 3.90 60
ISO C M4.5 0.177 33.87 0.142 4.500 0.800 5 3.60 60
B.A. 2 0.189 31.35 0.035 4.788 0.810 5.2 0.90 47.5
DIM 3/16th >>>>>>>>>   0.188     4.763        
BSW 3/16th 0.188 24 0.146 4.763 1.058 5.1 3.70 55
BSF 3/16th 0.188 32 0.154 4.763 0.794 5.1 3.90 55
UNF No. 10 0.190 32 0.161 4.826 0.794   4.10 60
UNC No. 10 0.190 24 0.154 4.826 1.058   3.90 60
ISO F M5 0.197 50.8 0.177 5.001 0.500 5.5 4.50 60
ISO C M5 0.197 31.75 0.167 5.001 0.800 5.5 4.25 60
B.A. 1 0.209 28.22 0.177 5.309 0.900   4.50 47.5
UNF 12 0.216 24 0.185 5.486 1.058   4.70 55
UNC 12 0.216 28 0.181 5.486 0.907   4.60 55
DIM 7/32nd>>>>>>>>>   0.219     5.558        
B.A. 0 0.236 25.4 0.201 5.999 1.000   5.10 47.5
ISO F M6 0.236 33.86 0.205 6.000 0.800 6.6 5.20 60
ISO C M6 0.236 25.4 0.197 6.000 1.000 6.6 5.00 60
DIM 1/4th >>>>>>>>>>>   0.250     6.350        
UNF 1/’4th 0.250 28 0.195 6.350 0.907   5.60 60
UNC 1/4th 0.250 20 0.19 6.350 1.270   0.00 60
BSW 1/4th 0.250 20 0.186 6.350 1.270   5.00 55
BSF 1/4th 0.250 26 0.209 6.350 0.977   5.30 55
BSPF ? 1/4th 0.250 26 0.000 6.350 0.977      
BSF 9/32nd 0.281 26 0.240 7.142 0.977   6.10  
AS str. Pipe 1/16th 0.281 27 0.000 7.137 0.941      
BSPP 1/16th 0.304 28 0.000 7.724 0.907      
DIM 5/16th >>>>>>>>>>>   0.313     7.938        
BSF 5/16th 0.313 22 0.268 7.938 1.155   6.80 55
BSW 5/16th 0.313 18 0.256 7.938 1.411   6.50 55
BSB 5/16th 0.313 26 0.276 7.938 0.977   7.00  
UNF 5/16th 0.313 24   7.938 1.058   6.80  
UNC 5/16th 0.313 18   7.938 1.411   6.60  
ISO F M8 0.315 25.4 0.285 8.000 1.000 9 7.25 60
ISO C M8 0.315   0.276 8.000 1.250 9 7.00 60
AS str. Pipe 1/8th 0.378 27   9.606        
BSPP 1/8th 0.383 28 0.339 9.728     8.60  
                   
Brass threads are all 26 t.p.i. as are British Standard Cycle threads. Model Engineer threads are available in 40 or 32 t.p.i from 1/8 to ½ dia.
Early threads were made from hand made die plates and taps that were derived from earlier generations of handmade dies and taps so that the diameters tended to vary considerably and the pitch was not standard.
A degree of standardisation was beginning to be implemented from late 18th early 19th century and percussion guns are likely to have threads similar to modern BSF or UNF ( but 1/4 BSF (used for many nipples) 26 t.p.i  is NOT the same  as  1/4 UNF 28 t.p.i – the other sizes are the same?)  and Whitworth or UNC threads – you’ll find those threads are quite common on British guns, but often the diameter is a bit out

 

I’ve found that 26 t.p.i is quite common in side nails as well as nipples, and both 1/4 an 9/32 BSF have 26 t.p.i.  This is handy as it means that if a 1/4 BSF nipple hole is badly eroded, it can be retapped 9/32 on the same thread. You can often get smaller diameters by closing down the die, or larger by opening them up, sometimes by cracking the die, or spot softening it with a short burst from the TIG welder..

The thread profiles was almost always different from modern threads – thread angles were shallower and the tops and bottoms of the threads were almost always much more rounded than modern threads, but provided the part you have made is not hardened it will usually form itself to fit.

Sizes of old woodscrews – e.g. Nettlefold countersunk steel and brass.

No.2 = 2mm thread diameter; 4mm head diameter.

No.3 = 2.3mm thread diameter; 4.5mm head diameter.

No.4 = 2.6mm thread diameter; 5.2mm head diameter.

No.6 = 3.5mm thread diameter; 6.6mm head diameter.

No.8 = 4mm thread diameter; 8mm head diameter.

No.10 = 4.8mm thread diameter; 9.4mm head diameter.

No.12 = 5.5mm thread diameter; 10.9mm head diameter.

Screw lengths are measured overall including the head.

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