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Old November 25, 2013, 11:42 AM   #1
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Home made action wrench?

Anyone have any good ideas for a 98 Mauser. I don't have a welder ( could prolly borrow one) so a nut and bolt job is preffered if that would suffice in strength. Any articles or links thoughts etc would be appreciated. Don't have a lot tied up in the rifle and would like to keep it that way. Not cheaping out but I'm pretty handy and would like to make my own. If it doesn't seem economical I can buy one.
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Old November 25, 2013, 02:37 PM   #2
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Old November 25, 2013, 03:06 PM   #3
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Did you make this petah...or?
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Old November 25, 2013, 06:39 PM   #4
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I have made a number of action wrenches and barrel vises.

Do not make an action wrench for Mausers per the old MacFarland gunsmithing book. It will put a bind on the receiver.

Instead relieve the action wrench so there are opposing forces on the receiver in the same plane parallel to the wrench screws.

In the pic you can see I made one per the book, and then one with the improvement.

In this video you can see me do 560 foot pounds to get an old rusty Mosin Nagant barrel off:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YOjYro4w0Bc
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Old November 25, 2013, 06:49 PM   #5
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I guess with out machine tools I'm still without a homemade wrench? Ha!
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Old November 25, 2013, 07:06 PM   #6
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That video reminds me of once trying to take off a 1917 Eddystone barrel. Having found most of them pretty tight, I got set up with the wrench and the extension, then I really leaned in and put on the pressure - and about fell flat on my face! That barrel was barely hand tight and it had been that way for 50 or so years (at that time).

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Old November 25, 2013, 07:10 PM   #7
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You can do the "V" cut with a saw and file. The bolts can be bolted from the bottom (so no threading if you don't have a tap).

Drill and pin the handle.

BTW, we milled our V grooves, tapped the bottom jaw and tapped it for the handle. We also knurled and threaded our handles on a lathe.
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Old November 25, 2013, 07:16 PM   #8
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Originally Posted by mattL46

I guess with out machine tools I'm still without a homemade wrench? Ha!

+1 Gary.

"Hacksawing, Grinding & Filing 101", followed by "Drilling & Tapping 101.1" - Although the nut/bolt thru the through-holes" method works just as good too.

FWIW, I'm over 70 y.o. & the closest I ever came to "machine tools", if I don't count a Dremel, is a small drill press, a small Sears table saw, and a small Sears bench grinder.

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Old November 25, 2013, 08:23 PM   #9
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Sounds good fellas! I didn't really think about a saw and file. I'm actually quite handy with those two items. Not a screw driver in the world I can't fix with the right file ha ha! The perfection of the above v grooves looked a little intimidating. Thank you all for so much good info! By all means keep it coming! As far as attaching the handle to the action block? What's the best way to go about that. I do have a drill press and some pipe threading tools??
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Old November 25, 2013, 08:29 PM   #10
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I took a closer look I think I see what's going on.
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Old November 27, 2013, 12:53 AM   #11
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You can use scrap to make a wrench.
I made a wrench for .30 M1 carbine out of pipe and a piece of angle iron with just a holes drilled and some welding.
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