Rem 700 action wrench question

Discussion in 'Rifles, Bullets, Barrels & Ballistics' started by BPS, Jan 8, 2011.

  1. BPS

    BPS New Member

    Mar 25, 2010
    I recently entered the world of barrel swapping.

    I bought a Sinclair Barrel Vise & Sinclair Rear Entry Action wrench from a member of another forum, he's actually been walking me through this.

    The vise & Action wrench showed up yesterday but the wrench doesent fit my action.

    On the ejection side of my bolt, there is a groove in the side of the bolt lug.

    The bolt runs on a thin channel the length of the action.

    Heres a picture of my bolt


    The action wrench I have doesent have this groove milled in it, so it won't fit..

    I contacted the seller & he's going to ship me the correct wrench.

    My question is do they make a rear entry action wrench for the newer style 700 actions like mine??

    Or is it the other style that goes through the side of the action like this one you get from Brownells??

    I would prefer the rear entry style, it looks like it would be alot stronger & have less tendency to twist my action.

    Thanks, Lee
  2. J E Custom

    J E Custom Well-Known Member

    Jul 29, 2004
    I like and use the action wrench that brownells sells that fits the outside of the receiver and aligns
    the recoil lug at the same time.

    This wrench will fit other actions and all you have to purchase for it to fit some actions is a block
    that has the right diameter for the action and you can use the rest of the wrench as is.


  3. Trickymissfit

    Trickymissfit Well-Known Member

    Jun 11, 2010
    got to be carefull with the internal action wrenches. I've seen a couple actions that were sprung (guess that's the right word to use) from over torqueing. Have never used the Brownells (or seen one). I did build a barrel wrench once that used a roll over clutch with a breaker bar. You then used the internal wrench and the other to remove the barrels. Worked like a charm
  4. jarnold37

    jarnold37 Member

    Dec 21, 2010
    I have action wrench that fits outside of action and holds position of recoil lug at same time-but be careful as any movement will scar the bluing. Hart sells an internal wrench that I prefer to use. It is one piece with a "T" at the back that allows very sensitive feel so as not to over tighten. Maybe break lose tight barrels with outside wrench and from then on use the internal wrench