Preffered reamer?

Discussion in 'Gunsmithing' started by MSU Marksman, Aug 13, 2009.

  1. MSU Marksman

    MSU Marksman Well-Known Member

    Jul 15, 2007
    I'm in the process of building a 6.5x47 lapua and was wondering what reamers everyone reccomends? Are the floating pilot reamers any more/less harsh on the throat versus a standard one piece reamer? Also, because it's only going to be used once, should I look into renting a reamer instead? And if so, who would you reccomend? Thanks.
  2. specweldtom

    specweldtom Well-Known Member

    Jun 7, 2004
    I like Dave Manson's reamer, but have read that PT & G and Clymer are good too. I have used a couple of the removeable pilot type and liked them because of the possible near perfect fit in the bore, and I think the reamer nose rotates in the pilot bushing, not on the land faces.

    I thought about renting a reamer, but decided against it. Didn't know where it had been.

    Just my opinion, Tom

  3. Clark

    Clark Well-Known Member

    Oct 19, 2006
    I have never rented a reamer, but my brother did when chambering for some 6.5 mag cartridge.

    First the wrong reamer showed up.
    Then the right reamer, but dull, dirty, and missing the pilot.
    When the pilot arrived, the time constraints gave my brother a back ache.

    All those reamers I bought for one time use, seem to get used more than once.
    All those times I planned on what day I needed the reamer, seemed to change in reality.
  4. Rustystud

    Rustystud Well-Known Member

    Dec 25, 2007
    My Prefrence would be PT&G with Dave Kiff's great advice

    Dave Manson makes fine reamers too.

    JGS and Clymer also make fine reamers.

    There are a hand full on small reamer makers that make excellent reamers.

    Any I ordered today would come with a pilot.

    I have an assortment of over 100 pilots in .0001 increments in each caliber from .20 to .50. Yest tenths.

    Nat Lambeth