The Firing Line Forums

Go Back   The Firing Line Forums > The Hide > The Dave McCracken Memorial Shotgun Forum

Reply
 
Thread Tools
Old August 6, 2001, 04:06 PM   #1
Guyon
Senior Member
 
Join Date: July 27, 2000
Location: Over the Hills and Through the Woods, Tennessee
Posts: 1,207
Best Place to Get a Fore End Wrench for 870 ???

Changing the stocks on my 870, and was surprised to find out that Brownells wants over $30 for the fore end wrench. I did find one listed for $10 at the Pachmayr site http://www.pachmayr.com/cltcvpg.html

Is $10 about the best price I'm going to find on this tool? Any other places I should look?
__________________
Gun control should just be about hitting your target.
Guyon is offline  
Old August 6, 2001, 04:53 PM   #2
4V50 Gary
Staff
 
Join Date: November 2, 1998
Location: Colorado
Posts: 17,002
At Lassen College, we made our own...

You can also make one if you can get the scrap metal. All you need is round stock and flat bars. You cut the (hollow) round stock out to fit flat bar (cut to length) and voila! Fore end wrench.
__________________
Vigilantibus et non dormientibus jura subveniunt. Molon Labe!
4V50 Gary is offline  
Old August 6, 2001, 06:49 PM   #3
Dfariswheel
Senior Member
 
Join Date: May 4, 2001
Posts: 6,836
You can also make a tool from just a piece of flat stock. Cut it to fit the notches in the foreend nut, and grip it with a wrench.
Dfariswheel is offline  
Old August 6, 2001, 07:13 PM   #4
Dave McC
Staff In Memoriam
 
Join Date: October 13, 1999
Location: Columbia, Md, USA
Posts: 8,812
Or, open a pair of needlenose pliers and place the tips in the notches, and unscrew. This works on all but the stubbornest nuts...
Dave McC is offline  
Old August 6, 2001, 07:43 PM   #5
JNewell
Senior Member
 
Join Date: March 12, 2000
Posts: 1,092
The Surefire forends come with one in the box. It's basically just a large, flat piece of metal. There are two dimensions of interest (well, maybe three, read on): thickness where it engages the nut, width so it engages the nut fully but still fits inside the forend, and (third) enough length so you can apply pressure to it. I can give you those dimensions and it would be a snap to make up.

However, I like Gary's idea better. If you're interested, I can email or post the dims for that...I can get ahold of one of the Brownells wrenches.
JNewell is offline  
Old August 6, 2001, 09:15 PM   #6
Guyon
Senior Member
 
Join Date: July 27, 2000
Location: Over the Hills and Through the Woods, Tennessee
Posts: 1,207
I'm having a little trouble visualizing this sucker since I've never seen one. I'll search for a pic on the web. I guess I also need to take my shotgun down and take a closer look at what is needed.

JNewell, if you want to post the dims or email them to me, that would be appreciated. If this tool is something I can fabricate with a hacksaw and a file, then I might try it. I have few other ways to cut metal other than my reciprocating saw (with a metal cutting blade) or a propane torch.
__________________
Gun control should just be about hitting your target.
Guyon is offline  
Old August 6, 2001, 10:17 PM   #7
Clayton
Senior Member
 
Join Date: July 27, 2001
Location: Bentonville, Arkansas
Posts: 268
Enough of this! Send me your address and I'll send you the one I have from Surefire.
Cheers,
Clayton
Clayton is offline  
Old August 7, 2001, 10:50 AM   #8
Guyon
Senior Member
 
Join Date: July 27, 2000
Location: Over the Hills and Through the Woods, Tennessee
Posts: 1,207
Hey, thanks Clayton.
__________________
Gun control should just be about hitting your target.
Guyon is offline  
Old August 7, 2001, 11:04 AM   #9
rhedley
Senior Member
 
Join Date: December 29, 2000
Location: Location: Central Fla.
Posts: 359
.......or you could

take a 10-9/16" length of tail pipe from a 1917 Hupmobile 4dr, and cut and file it to fit. ..............or,......let me think ....
__________________
RJ=
hedleyholsters.com
---------------------------------------------
I was born with nothing, I still have most of it left....
rhedley is offline  
Old August 7, 2001, 08:22 PM   #10
JNewell
Senior Member
 
Join Date: March 12, 2000
Posts: 1,092
Gimme a day or two...I can probably get specs and a pic of the Brownells wrench, which is basically a tube of the right diameter with two small lugs or teeth sticking up from the end of the tubing to engage the slots in the nut that holds the forearm on, and a piece of rod stock through holes at the other end to give you something to turn it with. It would be pretty easy to fashion one with a hacksaw and a mill bastard to clean things up and fine-tune the size of the "teeth."
JNewell is offline  
Old August 7, 2001, 08:35 PM   #11
rhedley
Senior Member
 
Join Date: December 29, 2000
Location: Location: Central Fla.
Posts: 359
NO JOKE THIS TIME....

I made one last month, I started with a piece of 1" black pipe about 10" long . On one end, bore a hole for a rod, to act as a handle. On the other end , cut away with hacksaw , leaving two protruding teeth about 3/16" wide and 3/16" tall. THAT'S IT.....
__________________
RJ=
hedleyholsters.com
---------------------------------------------
I was born with nothing, I still have most of it left....
rhedley is offline  
Old August 8, 2001, 12:15 AM   #12
UK2TX
Senior Member
 
Join Date: November 12, 2000
Location: Austin,TX
Posts: 274
I made one from a 17cent hard white plastic plumbing fitting from Home Depot, two minutes with a dremel cut of blade and it done.

The outside diameter 33mm so it is a snug fit and the two teeth need to be 4.5mm deep by 4mm wide ( sorry about the measurement unit I'm English! ).

Regards,

UK2TX
UK2TX is offline  
Old August 8, 2001, 01:08 AM   #13
Clayton
Senior Member
 
Join Date: July 27, 2001
Location: Bentonville, Arkansas
Posts: 268
Have pity on him ! I sent him a Surefire wrench, which is just a flat piece of steel basically. It fits all shotgun forends that I'm aware of, though. He'll be most underwhelmed at the level of technology, and feel like a doofus for asking for something so simple, once he see's what's required .

The simplest things are the hardest to explain. In high school we had to write instructions on how to make a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, for a person who's never made a sandwich before.

How would you explain the color blue to a blind person, who's never seen?

Cheers,
Clay
Clayton is offline  
Old August 8, 2001, 02:36 AM   #14
DML
Senior Member
 
Join Date: November 24, 2000
Location: Aridzona
Posts: 257
What would a person who never tasted chicken say it tastes like?

Is this off topic or what?
__________________
Experience is what you get when you were expecting something else.
DML is offline  
Old August 8, 2001, 04:07 AM   #15
Guyon
Senior Member
 
Join Date: July 27, 2000
Location: Over the Hills and Through the Woods, Tennessee
Posts: 1,207
Well, I have actually gotten a pretty decent sense of what the wrench looks like, just by reading these posts. I haven't even looked closely at the nut yet. I just knew from previous posts that I'd more than likely need one to change the fore end, so I thought I'd get the wrench before I even got into the task.

What was confusing me is that the wrenches are fashioned in two different ways. One is just a flat piece of steel cut at the end to engage the two recesses in the nut. The other is a round piece of metal--a pipe basically--cut to fit the same notches at one end and with a handle at the other end. (This is the more expensive wrench that Brownells sells.)

Seems to me that it is similar to a spike wrench for a golf cleat. And those come in two models as well. I have both the nice, round kind that I bought as well as the flat pieces of metal that come with a pack of spikes.

"Tastes like chicken" is genetically ingrained in our taste buds here in the South, so I can't imagine anyone who can't relate. Unless of course they're from Louisiana. Then you just say, "Tastes like gator."
__________________
Gun control should just be about hitting your target.
Guyon is offline  
Old August 8, 2001, 11:14 AM   #16
Clayton
Senior Member
 
Join Date: July 27, 2001
Location: Bentonville, Arkansas
Posts: 268
The wrench I sent requires disassembly and removal of the forend. The other type of wrench requires only the removal of the barrel in order to slide the forestock off, and install the new one.
Clayton is offline  
Reply

Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 07:54 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
This site and contents, including all posts, Copyright © 1998-2014 S.W.A.T. Magazine
Copyright Complaints: Please direct DMCA Takedown Notices to the registered agent: thefiringline.com
Contact Us
Page generated in 0.12011 seconds with 9 queries