Best Action Wrench

Kmccord

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I am looking into building a new rifle next year and was looking at the tools needed. I will be using a Kelbly Atlas Tactical and would like to know what all the experienced Gunsmiths use for this action when torque to specs?
 

MagnumManiac

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Is this a switch barrel or screw and forget?
For my own switch barrels, I hand tighten by spinning the barrel on with the rifle between my legs, then tighten with just a nip up with my Davidson barrel vice and rear entry wrench.
For torquing barrels on, I have a pedestal mounted barrel vice with different “inserts” for different barrel contours and an action wrench that is suited to different action styles. Mauser, Winchester, Remington etc.

I also use the above to remove factory barrels from actions.
Need to know what you are trying to achieve.

Cheers.
 

Kmccord

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I plan to torque it down. I plan to start building my own and move over to building for public, so wanted to start off with a good action wrench that I could use multiple builds. I have looked at SAC action wrenches using modular heads that fit specific actions. However, before jumping into it, wanted to see what others are using for builds they do for a living.
 

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Rear entry wrench is fine for installing on barrels on new receivers.

You mentioned taking it beyond "hobby"- rear entry wrenches may not be suitable for pulling factory barrels (or milsurps) that have been torqued on by a chimpanzee, you risk twisting the action. You'll want an around-the-receiver style for them, so that may be a future purchase. Good idea to have both.

The Brownell's wrench was the first one I bought 10 years ago- and I've never looked back. I challenge anyone to break that bad boy- I've had a 3' cheater bar on it and lifted my 220 lbs off the floor. The wrench with the universal, and Rem 700 heads will do most anything you run into.

 

Kmccord

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Rear entry wrench is fine for installing on barrels on new receivers.

You mentioned taking it beyond "hobby"- rear entry wrenches may not be suitable for pulling factory barrels (or milsurps) that have been torqued on by a chimpanzee, you risk twisting the action. You'll want an around-the-receiver style for them, so that may be a future purchase. Good idea to have both.

The Brownell's wrench was the first one I bought 10 years ago- and I've never looked back. I challenge anyone to break that bad boy- I've had a 3' cheater bar on it and lifted my 220 lbs off the floor. The wrench with the universal, and Rem 700 heads will do most anything you run into.

Yep, I have some factory actions that I do plan to re-barrel and I am sure they are torqued to death. For those I definitely will look into a wrench like you show.
 

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They fit the clone actions with no issues, all seem good fit?

My only experience has been with Bighorn/Zermatt Origin and TL3's and I have zero complaints. Snug fit, excellent finish, and good materials. The Bugholes was recommended to me over going with the Zermatt factory or PVA. A good quality vise mounted on a solid work bench will also make a world of difference and put less stress on the wrench itself. I know you mentioned SAC for their wrenches, but their vises would also be worth looking into if you don't already have a set up.
 

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If you have a welder, or a friend who does, weld a piece of flat stock on the end of some round stock and there you go! ;) Best to have a good tight fit up.
I have machinery so I turned the round stock to get a better fit on the smaller diameter actions and milled the flat stock for a good fit up on the lug abutments. I even case hardened the hot rolled flat stock. I doubt that's required. I did to break up a can of Kasenit I had collecting dust on the shelf.
I put tee handles on them to make sure I could get the required torque easily by hand. However, I'm thinking of cutting them off and welding on a socket to use a wrench. Doesn't really matter if you know how tight the barrel needs to be put on.

PM me if you want more specifics.
 

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If you want to make your own, you can for a couple bucks each.
Please elaborate on how to make for a couple of bucks each. I have a machine shop so I can make/duplicate tools.
Please let the rest of LRH forum how you make your own for a few bucks. Would be greatly appreciated by many members!
Thanks
 

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