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Old 12-11-2021, 08:44 PM
Vulture Hill Vulture Hill is offline
 
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Default Krag action wrench?

So, earlier this year at a show I bought a pretty nice 1898 Krag. Embarrassingly, when I got home I discovered that it had been demilled; someone had bored out the chamber.

I found a barrel and took it and the rifle to a local gunsmith, who told me it would be done "in a few weeks." Six months later he hadn't touched it, so I gave up on him and brought my stuff home.

After researching the job, I'm convinced that I can change the barrel myself, provided I can find an action wrench. Apparently Brownells makes a good one, but they're sold out. There's a guy selling his own on eBay, but the design doesn't seem sound to me. I've found nothing else.

Anyone know where I can get my hands on one of the Brownells wrenches, or something similar? Thanks in advance.
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Old 12-11-2021, 09:09 PM
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Old 12-12-2021, 06:56 AM
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Its very easy to swap barrels on the Krag. I built a receiver fixture that I put a wrench on and use a 1903 barrel clamp to hold the barrel. One other key is to fully strip the receiver before removing from the barrel. I can send a picture of my receiver fixture.

Originally I borrowed a receiver clamp from a member of the Krag collectors forum but thought I could find a better way. I only own one Krag but have swapped 4 or 5 other barrels for a buddy who is into Krags.

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Old 12-12-2021, 09:54 AM
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Its very easy to swap barrels on the Krag. I built a receiver fixture that I put a wrench on . . . . .
I did much the same . . . .

You will not believe it, but, I made a wrench out of a chunk of OAK WOOD!!

. . . .It WAS reinforced, however . . . .

As I only intended for ONE barrel swap, it worked out just fine!
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Old 12-12-2021, 10:26 AM
Vulture Hill Vulture Hill is offline
 
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Thanks DP68 for the review. The thing that concerns me about that Krag wrench is that it's perfectly round. I'm afraid it would slip and mar the receiver's finish. Is the 1917 wrench made the same way?

And yes Mark, I'd appreciate a pic of your receiver fixture. I don't have a machine shop or anything, but I'm pretty handy with stuff. Maybe I could make one of my own.

The wood idea is interesting. I'm not opposed to anything that will work without damaging the receiver.
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Old 12-12-2021, 12:03 PM
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The 1917 wrench is machined to fit the profile of the receiver
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Old 12-12-2021, 02:52 PM
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Send a PM w/ an email address and I will forward some pictures.

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Old 12-12-2021, 05:06 PM
Doco Overboard Doco Overboard is offline
 
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I made one that looks like this and wasn't hard to construct.
The key-way is just from the scrap parent material and serves no purpose.
More time allotted to grinding and shaping the "tit" would have knocked it out of the park.
But.... it does work fine for what it is and was cheaply done.
Ive re-barrelled more than a few rifles with it.
Inside diameter is just enough to slip over the reciever with some paper/foil shims to avoid scratches.

Wrench does need to be placed over the barrel minus front sight blade only and retrieved the same way once barrel is cleared form the vise. Handle is small so the loading gate lug doesn't get destroyed unnecessarily.


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