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Posted: 4/20/2016 1:23:57 PM EDT
Do you actually put the barrel in a vise?
If so, have yall had brass jaws cut to accommodate that specific barrel diameter or what?
I just use a couple scrap pieces of 2X4 with some shim material taped to the back side to match the contour of the barrel. Then just clamp up in the vise.
The wood will crush way before the barrel. So far that's always been GTG for me.
I even did my Ruger Precision Rifle a couple of months ago...removed the barrel nut to install a new handguard and then added a muzzle brake.
Hit up amazon.com and pick up a set of AN fitting vise jaws. They're aluminum and have channels cut in that support a barrel really well. If the barrel has a finish on it like cerakote or paint then wrap it in masking tape before cinching it down.
best deal I could find for you.
This is what I use. It's a lot easier than some other methods. Makes it so I can handle the action rather than the barrel when setting headspace. The aluminum is softer than steel so you won't get damage to the barrel (scratches or crushing).
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