View Full Version : Which receiver wrench should i use
November 05, 2002, 21:56
GunThing has steel and HellsEngineer has aluminum. Both are nearly the same price so which would you use and why.
November 06, 2002, 09:45
I bought the AGI wrench through DSA.
Used it several times to remove stubs and install barrel.
Mine needed to be deburred before using it because of the sharp edges but that might have been just a single sample that got out of AGI before it was deburred.
Possible drawback is that the square hole for wrench is 3/4 inch. Most folks don't have 3/4 inch drive stuff around.
If you mount the wrench in a vise and turn the barrel, then the 3/4 inch hole is not an issue.
November 06, 2002, 09:50
Getting a 1/2 to 3/4 drive adapter or better, a 3/4 breaker bar isn't too hard. Any good tool supply/home depot should have one. Good for if you ever want to get into WECSOAR.. :D
November 06, 2002, 11:49
If your just gonna build one or two kits, the alloy wrench will likely suffice. However, we all know that one or two just won't be enough. This is an addiction...not a hobby.
I'd go for the steel.
If you later decide you no longer want it (:rolleyes: ), you can always sell it in "Marketplace".
November 06, 2002, 12:23
Actually I just spent the morning driving around town looking for a 1/2 - 3/4 adapter for my breaker bar. Tried Lowes, Home depot, and Sears with no luck. Any idea where I should try next?
November 06, 2002, 12:27
I found one at Autozone.
November 06, 2002, 12:32
Which works better- have the receiver or barrel clamped in the vise assuming use of correct receiver wrench.
November 06, 2002, 12:33
hey, Autozone! I really should have thought of trying there seeing as how I can see one from my back porch! :wink: Thanks for the tip.
November 06, 2002, 15:33
I work in a small machine shop and use a 2700 pound milling machine with an 8 inch Kurt vise to hold the BARREL.
Then I spin the receiver onto the barrel with an AGI wrench.
The barrel doesn't move and the smooth vise jaws don't leave any marks.
I bought a 3/4 inch drive, 18 inch long slide bar #4443 at Sears for about 1/2 the cost of a 3/4 inch breaker bar. They didn't have any 1/2 to 3/4 adapters in stock although Sears (Craftsman) makes them.
Tightening the barrel on the Imbel NGL receiver was easy with this set-up.
November 06, 2002, 18:55
I have one of the aluminum ones that I have used to build 5 rifles with so far without incident.
I know that Sears used to carry the 1/2 to 3/4 adapter, I used to sell 'em when I was in college.
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