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Old April 19, 2023, 01:22 PM   #1
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Rifle barrel vise?

Been getting more into rifle shooting and am getting near replacing a barrel or two on a couple Savage rifles. I have the NSS action wrench along with both Savage barrel nut wrenches for the grooved and smooth nuts.

When I replaced the barrel on my Model 11 which came with a smooth nut I really struggled and it was later suggested that I use a barrel vise. Well at the time I thought this was going to be a one and done operation. Well now looks like I will be doing another one or maybe 2

So what vise to get? I don't believe I will be doing regular barrel work so I don't want to spend a ton of money on a top of the line tool that may be used once a year or less.
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Old April 19, 2023, 01:35 PM   #2
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I think mine is a Wheeler, currently just over $100. It's a pretty simple device, but very sturdy. You'll need a bag of resin, too. Have fun!
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Old April 19, 2023, 04:23 PM   #3
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There are lots of do-it-yourself plans for a barrel vise. Have you looked at any of those to see if you are comfortable with the plans and have necessary tools?

Some are as simple as tapered v-shaped jaws for a large bench vise.
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Old April 19, 2023, 04:41 PM   #4
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Ordinary bench vice has been working well enough for centuries now, proper fitting barrel blocks are the key.
All else being equal (and it almost never is) bigger bullets tend to work better.
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