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August 22, 2001, 11:19
I've just bought one of the rec wrench tools that Larry was selling.
Does anyone make the same type tool for securing to the barrel flats?
All the barrel vice blocks that I've seen look like they just have a resistance fit between the blocks and the bbl. Am I way off? They don't look like they fit to the flats.
Seems like I've heard a lot of stories about rounding off the flats.
[ August 22, 2001: Message edited by: gary.jeter ]
August 22, 2001, 14:21
Good question, I was looking for one, then made one myself. I wasn't very good and it slipped. Now I went back to my lead blocks, but I learned to use barrel rosin (or resin?). Now the barrel does not turn. After I learned this I quit looking for a different barrel tool. Maybe someone has a barrel tool like you asked for, if not aluminum or lead can be successfully used (if you use barrel resin/rosin). I did round (slightly) the flats on 2 barrels before learning this. :eek:
August 22, 2001, 16:04
Ahhhhh, so you make up some "soft jaw" parts, clamp the vice directly on the bbl flats (rhrough the soft material) and then do the turning with the receiver wrench. Is this right?
I'm coming out of the fog now. Wouldn't have to worry about making a filed down open end wrench and slipping when doing this. Ahhhhhh yes.
August 22, 2001, 20:20
Casey Elliot had some a while back.
Here is the link to the ad with price and description. http://www.fnfal.com/forums/Forum3/HTML/001608.html
The link to the picture is in the article.
August 22, 2001, 21:58
http://www.mpz.co.uk/cwm/cwm/cwm/eek2.gif WOW now I have vise envy.
August 23, 2001, 11:00
HOLY MOTHER GARY!!! That thing is mamoth. I like the before and after of the bench top as well. :eek:
G-FAL thanks for that link!!
[ August 23, 2001: Message edited by: Slugger ]
August 23, 2001, 12:57
Gunthings.com has plans for a DIY barrel vise.
If you build it yourself, do you still get WECSOG credit. or does using the "right" tool disqualify you?
August 23, 2001, 14:17
DAMN that's a big vice! neat...
August 24, 2001, 16:12
That last one looks like my "welding" vice..........
August 24, 2001, 16:43
Junk dealer near me has a several used vises. He has 1 that weighs 200 pounds. He is asking $1 per pound! :confused:
August 24, 2001, 17:15
Big quality vises usually ain't cheap. I bought a big Columbian like the one above (without the swivel jaw feature)bolted to a old steel desk with a piece of 1/4" steel plate on the top for $60 at the flea market and ran. Got a nice 80 pound anvil at the same time welded to a piece of pipe on and old wheel for $25. Use Casey's wrench in the vise and a Wright open end wrench on the barrel flats. Has worked great so far with me putting all the force I can stand on the wrench. Have not used the anvil in my gunsmithing yet. :D
August 24, 2001, 17:36
The Wilton is over 200 lbs, took 2 of us to lift it onto the workbench to mount it. Horse traded it from a Navy CPO who got tired of lugging it from DS to DS. Dont know if Wilton still makes this model, the ones close in this size go for almost $1K I think.
The Columbian is exUSAF along with the workbench its mounted on, courtesy of a CMSgt who was friend of the family. Paint jobs over the years it was on active duty gave it that speckled look.
Uncle Sugar did spec good stuff back in the 60s and 70s ;)
August 24, 2001, 18:30
"only if you spill hot lead"....
(franticly waving hand) Me!, me!, me! :D
You shoulda' seen THAT blister!
note to self: don't move the blocks until after they've cooled completely (moron!)!
AND I've had NO luck finding a local source for rosin. Called several top sporting goods suppliers, and all they had was a stupid look on faces! Guess it'll hafta be Brownell's
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