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 Post subject: Bead tool recommendations?
PostPosted: Wed Jan 06, 2021 1:07 pm 
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The tool will be used on my home bench replacing/tightening beads on my own and a few friends' shotguns, not for commercial gunsmithing purposes. I know there is a Midway one and a Brownell's one, both come in small and large sizes. The reviews for both are somewhat poor and some describe the tools not really holding the bead well or scratching the rib when completing the final turn. Just wondering if any forum members have a preference between the two or can recommend other products. Thanks.




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 Post subject: Re: Bead tool recommendations?
PostPosted: Wed Jan 06, 2021 1:26 pm 
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upland refugee wrote:
The tool will be used on my home bench replacing/tightening beads on my own and a few friends' shotguns, not for commercial gunsmithing purposes. The reviews for both are somewhat poor


One of the many things my dad told me when I was young
"it does not take that much longer to save for the very best"
He was talking about hand tools.

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 Post subject: Re: Bead tool recommendations?
PostPosted: Wed Jan 06, 2021 1:41 pm 
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YevetS wrote:
upland refugee wrote:
The tool will be used on my home bench replacing/tightening beads on my own and a few friends' shotguns, not for commercial gunsmithing purposes. The reviews for both are somewhat poor


One of the many things my dad told me when I was young
"it does not take that much longer to save for the very best"
He was talking about hand tools.

Steve


I agree. Any recommendations?


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 Post subject: Re: Bead tool recommendations?
PostPosted: Wed Jan 06, 2021 1:48 pm 
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upland refugee wrote:
YevetS wrote:
upland refugee wrote:
The tool will be used on my home bench replacing/tightening beads on my own and a few friends' shotguns, not for commercial gunsmithing purposes. The reviews for both are somewhat poor


One of the many things my dad told me when I was young
"it does not take that much longer to save for the very best"
He was talking about hand tools.

Steve


I agree. Any recommendations?


Sorry, not a gunsmith, a cabinet/furniture maker, I just knew it applied.

Steve

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 Post subject: Re: Bead tool recommendations?
PostPosted: Thu Jan 07, 2021 10:51 pm 
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I've come up against this same dilemma recently, so tagging along. Hope someone knowledgeable will chime in.


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 Post subject: Re: Bead tool recommendations?
PostPosted: Thu Jan 07, 2021 11:31 pm 
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upland refugee wrote:
YevetS wrote:
upland refugee wrote:
The tool will be used on my home bench replacing/tightening beads on my own and a few friends' shotguns, not for commercial gunsmithing purposes. The reviews for both are somewhat poor


I agree. Any recommendations?



I like vice grips. I also have the Brownells set, from when it was 3 different sizes.


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 Post subject: Re: Bead tool recommendations?
PostPosted: Thu Jan 07, 2021 11:46 pm 
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 Post subject: Re: Bead tool recommendations?
PostPosted: Fri Jan 08, 2021 12:06 am 
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Weird, I just had to scramble around to find something to remove a bead today. I ended up using a very small Jacobs chuck I had laying around. Worked great.


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