Barrel vise diy

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  1. Boomer9275

    Boomer9275 Silver $$ Contributor

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    Hello all I'm looking into building my own barrel vice and have a few questions.

    •Does a vice as simple as the bald eagle work?
    •Would a vee in the center be better or A radius to hold the barrel?
    •Two or four screws for the top barrel hold down?

    Anything else I'm missing let me know
     
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  2. gunsandgunsmithing

    gunsandgunsmithing The best tuners and wind flags on the market Gold $$ Contributor

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    First, a question...Do you have a pipe vise? If you do...make some brass or aluminum bushings for it and, voila! You now have a very good barrel vise.
     
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  3. Boomer9275

    Boomer9275 Silver $$ Contributor

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    I never thought of a pipe vice that would work great. Wish I had one
     
  4. JohnKielly

    JohnKielly Australia, not Austria

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    My favourite vice has V's with radiused corners cut out of alloy strap & tightened with 2 bolts. The top cutout comes somewhat close to the upper side of the strap, giving the rig a certain amount of spring as it tightens up. The base piece extends beyond the top, giving me plenty of surface to clamp it to a suitable surface.

    It works almost every time, except for those real hard buggers, at which time I drive over to a friend who has a steel rig with bushings.
     
  5. Boomer9275

    Boomer9275 Silver $$ Contributor

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    It almost sounds like the bald eagle vice. Any way to post some pictures?
     
  6. Rich S

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    20161101_210935.jpg I use the Viper barrel vice. I like the 4 bolt design better than the 2 bolt. Seems to mate up better to the barrel taper. When I called to order I had a great conversation with Bob. That alone was worth the purchase. I added an alluminum block to the base so I could clamp it in a vice instead of permanently mounting it on the bench.


    http://viperbench-rest.com/f_class_feet_for_the_viper.htm
     
  7. joshb

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    I have a two bolt vise. I'm "moving up" to the four bolt. Like Rich S mentioned, you get a better grip on a tapered barrel. I've had some barrels slip during initial take off with my 2 bolt.
     
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    another for the 4 bolt viper vice. red coating flakes and chips off though. still a good vice.
     
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  9. Boomer9275

    Boomer9275 Silver $$ Contributor

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    Guess I'll go with a four bolt could one you guys measure the groove the barrel goes in? I'll mainly be changing heavy barrels
     
  10. John Valencic

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    I built my own Barrel vise and action wrench many years ago. I bolt my vise to my milling machine and have yet to have an issue with any barrel, even removes Mosins without a problem.
     

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  12. jim_k

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    Get the unpainted Viper.
     
  13. Boomer9275

    Boomer9275 Silver $$ Contributor

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    Thanks for all the help I ended up making my own 4 bolt
     

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    Is that going to allow enough surface contact with the barrel?
     
  15. Boomer9275

    Boomer9275 Silver $$ Contributor

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    Has worked on 2 savage actions so far with no barrel slippage.
     
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    Alex Wheeler Gold $$ Contributor

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    I have one that is made by @pbike257. I have removed barrels from piles of Remingtons, Tikkas, Weatherbys, ext. It has never failed to hold any barrel tight enough, and without permanent marks. Its a v-block type.
     
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  17. Boomer9275

    Boomer9275 Silver $$ Contributor

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    Mine is similar to his except my v goes all the way down not into a radius. Couldn't see paying for something that isn't a hard make. Thanks for the all the input guys this forum is awesome.
     
  18. Alex Wheeler

    Alex Wheeler Gold $$ Contributor

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    Pays better to build rifles than vises, if I have time to build a vise I had better be chambering barrels.
     
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    hoz53 Gold $$ Contributor

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    thats usually the way it works in anything when youre a one man shop. i sure would like to make a v type vise work for me so i didnt have to mess with the bushings. if it works for you it will work for me thanks
     
  20. Boomer9275

    Boomer9275 Silver $$ Contributor

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    I don't gunsmithing for pay just personal and family type stuff. I don't think it would be as fun if I had customers.
     
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