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KBP
February 9, 2012, 07:48 PM
Looking to buy a decent set of gunsmithing screwdrivers. Any suggestions? I'm sure this has been discussed somewhere on this site before. I don't want to buy junk, but I don't want to be taken on the price either. Suggestions on what is a good set to get or a good online place to get a decent set will help! Thanks!

CowTowner
February 9, 2012, 08:01 PM
Brownell's or Wheeler.

Dfariswheel
February 9, 2012, 08:32 PM
By far, the best and the industry standard are the Brownell's Magna-Tip.
The Wheeler's are made in China and aren't the quality of the Brownell's.

There are more sizes of bits available, and they're smoother and higher quality than any others.
I recommend buying one of the law enforcement size handles. The standard handle is too big for most work, and the stubby is just too short.

Buy one of the sets, then add bits as you need them:

http://www.brownells.com/.aspx/cid=0/k=magna+tip/t=P/ksubmit=y/Products/All/search=magna_tip

hoytinak
February 9, 2012, 08:34 PM
Yep, love the Magna-Tips from Brownells.

Jammer Six
February 9, 2012, 09:34 PM
I prefer tools made overseas.

Don P
February 10, 2012, 08:11 AM
Brownell's Magna Tip. American made, lifetime guaranty. Wheeler made overseas and of a lessor quality. As they say you get what you pay for.

oneoldsap
February 10, 2012, 03:27 PM
Wheeler is fine for a hobby guy !

rdstrain49
February 10, 2012, 05:04 PM
Wheeler is probably fine. After all, he won't be working on my guns:)
Brownell's gets my vote.

triggerman770
February 11, 2012, 04:19 AM
with the Brownell's should you twist or break one you just email the bit # and soon one appears as if by majic

Fleet
February 11, 2012, 06:32 PM
Wheeler is fine for a hobby guy !
Until you break one and scratch your gun because of it. Same problem with Chapman. I've twisted Brownell's bits, but never snapped one.

m.p.driver
February 11, 2012, 07:09 PM
Bought Chapmans years ago and have never had any complaints.

L2R
February 11, 2012, 07:44 PM
whatever the brand,

most scratches arrive right after too much force is being used by the user and it you start pushing in a direction where the blade slides out control.

A bigger handle mean much more leverage which means much less force on your part to achieve the same results.

A short shank to me is also desirable to control the tip as well.

madcratebuilder
February 13, 2012, 10:29 AM
Quote:
Wheeler is fine for a hobby guy !

Until you break one and scratch your gun because of it. Same problem with Chapman. I've twisted Brownell's bits, but never snapped one.

+1

Quality bits bend before they break. The short Brownells magna-tip driver gives the user excellent control.

http://i32.photobucket.com/albums/d37/madcratebuilder/PICT0030.jpg

Don P
February 14, 2012, 07:45 AM
Wheeler is probably fine. After all, he won't be working on my guns
Brownell's gets my vote.

Made me spit coffee all over the key board with this reply!:eek:

nate45
February 14, 2012, 08:04 AM
I'll put in another vote for Brownell's, have had my set for years and years and they have been good.

rdstrain49
February 16, 2012, 10:32 AM
Sorry Don, I'll send you some rags to dry your key board. Maybe you should install a spit shield.:)

ottoblotto71
February 16, 2012, 05:48 PM
i got a couple of craftsman screwdrivers i use, but then again all my screwheads are chewed up

Gunn Smithy
February 17, 2012, 04:19 AM
Brownells definitely!! Another thing I like to do is to buy their hollow handle driver and buy bits specific to the gun I'm dealing with. That way with the driver in the bag, I can always work on the gun it's made for at the range. Like SASS shoots and a set for my Vaquero's (Brownells has already packaged that idea for this gun and it's sold separately). Smithy.

Shane Tuttle
February 17, 2012, 04:50 AM
I'm a Snap-On kinda guy for the most part. With knowing how much of a snob I am when it comes to my tools for work and my shop, I still like Wheeler's sets. Brownell's is the better made....and made here. However, I have the Wheeler set and don't regret receiving it. I've yet to come across, while working on guns as a hobby, where the Wheeler set has failed me. I mean, we're working on small, small hardware here....not some frozen 3/4" rusty frozen nut on an engine crossmember.

madcratebuilder
February 17, 2012, 07:30 AM
I've yet to come across, while working on guns as a hobby, where the Wheeler set has failed me. I mean, we're working on small, small hardware here....not some frozen 3/4" rusty frozen nut on an engine crossmember.

+1
I've never had a problem with the Wheeler bits. The sixty or so bits on my board are a mix of Brownies and Wheeler's. I make a custom three piece set of bits for a particular high dollar black powder revolver. I start with Wheeler bits and modify them as needed. I've sold dozens of these sets and not a single complaint from the end users.

Using the correct tip thickness and width is much more important than the brand name.

rebs
February 17, 2012, 08:09 AM
I bought Chapman's a long time ago, I twisted off two bits and ordered new ones. While waiting for the new ones to come in the mail, I twisted off another one. I have had them for about 30 years so I got my money out of them and perhaps over that length of time the metal broke down or something.

Rifleman1776
February 17, 2012, 09:48 AM
I have an old Lyman hollow handle. Plus I have bought a bunch of extra bits for it. But, really, my go-to screwdrivers are old, regular, screwdrivers that I have ground to fit particular screws. The gunsmithing sets are grossly overpriced for what you get. Meaning, a lot of the bits you pay for will never be used.

William T. Watts
February 19, 2012, 09:30 PM
Another vote for Brownells, they have probably the best screw driver set available to the gunsmith today, I have never broken any of the tools in my set nor damaged a firearm with them.. Quality tools are worth whatever you pay for them, I disagree with Rifleman 1776, I believe in using the proper tool for the job, and no they are not overpriced either! I still have my complete set 13 years after purchasing them. I almost stayed in Colorado after school but my wife wanted to come home, ARKANSAS, Go Hogs!! William

hootey
February 20, 2012, 08:52 PM
Have a full set of Forster Gunsmith screwdrivers. Had em bout eleven or twelve years. Got em from Brownells........:D

Clark
February 22, 2012, 01:44 AM
I have so many screwdrivers, I should be on the TV show "Hoarders"

What I prefer to do is buy old quality name brand screwdrivers for 25 cents, in quantity, at garage sales. They have paint, rust, and dullness.

I clean them off with a wire wheel and grind them to the size and shape I want.

http://www.homemetalshopclub.org/news/sep01/fig4.jpg
I have ~ $200 cheap Chinese imitation of an end wheel grinder.
I make various fixtures to hold things so they slide in the slot on the end tables.

The grinder will also help make the 55 degree tool for cutting Mauser barrel threads.

sarg1c
February 22, 2012, 08:30 AM
Buy a good quality set, even though some cheap set will fit the screws, they may be soft, causing a bad problem as they may break or twist. nothing makes a nice gun look ugly than bad looking screws....When trading or buying guns, I always look at the screws first, they tell the tell on how a gun was maintained...

True Grit
February 23, 2012, 01:18 PM
Magna Tip from Brownell's. Inferior quality products don't usually come with a Lifetime Guarantee ! You won't be disappointed, plus they're made in the USA !

True Grit

Beagle333
February 27, 2012, 11:55 AM
Wheelers twisted up on me on the second screw, and it wasn't even that tight. Chapman fit perfectly and worked great. And they have a lot of sizes available. I haven't tried Brownell, so can't say. But I got everything I needed to disassemble all of my single action revolvers, including screwdriver handle, from Chapman for under 10 bucks, and have not found any reason to dislike the quality of the tools.