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Tools for the Amateur Riflesmith
These are some 'smithing specific tools and fixtures that come only from Brownells or other places selling to the trade.
ÝÝ Ý This is an AR-15 upper receiver holding fixture. The AR style receiver is aluminum, is oddly shaped and so it's very hard to grasp in a vise without ruining it.
ÝÝ Ý This is the fixture in use. This holder costs aboutv$35.
ÝÝ Ý This is a Mauser Bolt bending block set. It consists of two cast iron blocks that enclose the body of the Mauser bolt while the handle is being bent (or "froged"). These cost about $40 a set.
ÝÝ Ý At the top are two chamber reamers. These are used to form or cut the caliber specific chamber into the breach end of a rifle barrel. They cost about $80 and UP. It's a good idea to keep the reamers in individual containers, one is shown at the very top. These clear plastic tubes with end caps are made from material contained in a kit sold by Brownells. At the bottom are five chamber gauges. These are a variety of GO and NoGo devices that don't measure a real number, but instead tell you if something is bigger (or smaller) than a standard size. For each specific caliber there exists two chamber gauges, a "GO" and a "NOGO". The "GO" indicates if the headspace is to short and the "NOGO" indicates if the headspace is excessive. The odd gauge is for a rimmed cartridge (303 British) while the four other ones are for rimless cases.
ÝÝ Ý This is a B-Square bolt action scope drill and tap jig. Better to follow this link than for me to say any more about it.
ÝÝ Ý This is a Dayton-Traister barrel channel scraper. It consists a a handle and three replaceable scpapers of different diameters.
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