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Posted: 9/21/2004 9:32:13 AM EDT
Is it okay to use steel punches for taking out pins or would you recommend using brass punches? I already have a good set of steel roll pin and straight punches, but I'm concerned about mushrooming or otherwise damaging the pins.

Ak_kraut
Link Posted: 9/21/2004 9:51:58 AM EDT
This is just me, but I use steel punches exclusively. May get a ding every now and then, but that's part of the busines.
Link Posted: 9/21/2004 10:08:53 AM EDT
I use brass punches but I find I replace the punches pretty often due to mushrooming. Still, it's cheaper than replacing the pins for the guns.
Link Posted: 9/21/2004 11:04:01 AM EDT

Originally Posted By Phil_A_Steen:
I use brass punches but I find I replace the punches pretty often due to mushrooming. Still, it's cheaper than replacing the pins for the guns.



i know what you mean. when that happens, instead of replacing, i file them back down.

and in arfcom fashion: GET BOTH!

i have a set of each.
Link Posted: 9/21/2004 11:12:29 AM EDT
I use both. I try to use a brass punch whenever I can on pins.... but use steel punches for really small pins, or when I have to.

Harbor freight and Northern Tool both have REALLY inexpensive punch sets in steel and brass.

I use this:

www.johnmasen.com/Merchant2/merchant.mv?Screen=PROD&Store_Code=J&Product_Code=MA01&Category_Code=TK

plus a steel punch set I got from Sears... for the 1/16th punch, since I wanted one I could return when I messed it up over time... being so thin.
Link Posted: 9/21/2004 3:46:41 PM EDT
I use nails as punches
Works OK for me, though
Link Posted: 9/21/2004 8:21:50 PM EDT
Steel.My first AR was a colt 6601 HBAR 13 years ago so that took the brunt of my tinkering.Now I can push out pins nice and clean.And I dont know who but I have seen polymer puches for the lowers fire control holes.
Link Posted: 9/21/2004 9:20:30 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 9/27/2004 11:40:40 AM EDT by Krackels]
Thanks for the replies everybody.

krackels
Link Posted: 9/21/2004 9:58:06 PM EDT
Link Posted: 9/22/2004 9:30:43 AM EDT
I like working with brass punches.
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