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Old 08-26-2010, 03:13 PM
wrwindsor wrwindsor is offline
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That PPT was good stuff.

You really should convert that to a PDF, which is (basically) a read-only format. This will make it difficult for someone to make a few changes and claim it as their own document.

Also, PDF is a little more portable.
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Old 08-26-2010, 05:27 PM
TokiWartooth TokiWartooth is offline
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There is a pdf version.
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Old 08-27-2010, 12:47 PM
apr67 apr67 is offline
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Default Tools!

Originally Posted by LeadSpitter View Post
Well, just wanted to update and say I bought the tools, action wrench and barrel vise and Clymer Go, No-Go and Field gauges and did it myself.

I hate to ask this, but would you estimate about how much everything cost?
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Old 08-29-2010, 11:05 AM
Sailormilan2 Sailormilan2 is offline
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Originally Posted by skeet41 View Post
Great post on changing a barrel. Where did you purchase your reamer and handle, what is the product information. The reamers I see on the Brownell's or Midway web sight's don't seem to have the handle. Do you remove the screw holding the barrel bushing in place and insert the handle there? Once again, Great Post.
You can rent a pull through reamer, and head space gauges. As for the handle, you use a collet type tap holder to slip over the pull through's rod.

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Old 08-30-2010, 09:46 PM
lapriester lapriester is offline
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Guys, the most expensive tool you see there is the Pull through reamer which can be rented as noted by someone else. Other tools include these:

Angle finder:


Barrel Vise:


Action Wrench. Unfortunately CMP doesn't sell the honkin' wrench you see pictured any more but this one will do you fine:


He sells the barrel vise and action wrench as a combo for less than he sells them individually. Write him. It's a very versatile barrel vice. You can get inserts to change just about any barrel. I've changed 03's, Ruger commercial, Garand, reminton commercial all with the same vise and correct inserts. It's also no-mar.

I actually made one using this:

Add a piece of square stock with a handle welded to it and drill it to match the adapter holes. It also works great.

Forster Go and No-Go gages for about $25 each at Midway.

As you can see the process is not really rocket science.

Action wrench and vise $150
Forster gages $50
Pull through reamer $160
Angle finder about $10

<$380 for all you need.


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Old 10-10-2010, 03:53 PM
jd_strike jd_strike is offline
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Default help?

Hello all,
I'm new to this and have a 1966 danish VAR barrel along with all the parts minus the receiver that i bought as a group. It seems the previous owner kept his receiver. I just received my new receiver from CMP and based on the information you all provided, i"m thinking of giving it a go to install the barrel myself. My question is. do I have to ream the chamber out on a used barrel? Before i spend all the money on the tools is it cost effective. I dont have any gunsmiths close to where i am (or i have'nt found one yet) and i dont think i can afford to send it out to fulton or the like. Your thoughts?

thanks Joe
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Old 10-12-2010, 07:54 AM
canes7 canes7 is online now
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Not so simple answer is: Yes and No. If your barrel has previously been installed and reamed then there is a good chance it'll screw on and headspace correctly. If it's a NOS (new old stock) barrel then you'll probably have to ream it. You will not know for sure until it is installed. There are too many variables in play to say for certain.
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Old 10-15-2010, 07:02 PM
smc51 smc51 is offline
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Excellent presentation, Thank you very much!
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Old 10-15-2010, 09:02 PM
zarrinvz24 zarrinvz24 is offline
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Would the procedure be exactly the same for installing a m14 barrel? What about the chrome lining on usgi m14 barrels? Any advice would be considered helpful. Thanks!
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Old 10-16-2010, 01:07 AM
jd_strike jd_strike is offline
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ok i went and ordered my vise and wrench and gauges. I received the tools today and it worked out well. It took a little more elbow grease than i thought but lined up great. now i just have to wait fro my CMP go/ nogo gauges to arrive so i can check the headspace.
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