How To: Properly remove a barrel from a bolt action rifle

Properly remove a barrel from a bolt action rifle

Pulling the barrel off a bolt action rifle is nearly impossible without the right tools. In this video, Larry Potterfield, CEO and Founder of MidwayUSA, explains how to properly remove the barrel from a bolt action rifle using a barrel vise and action wrench. He starts by bolting the barrel vise to a heavy bench and coating some oak block with Baker brand resin. He then clamps the barrel in the vise. Once the barrel is secured, a Wheeler Engineering action wrench is tightened to the receiver, using a brass shim to prevent marring of the front ring. A significant amount of force is then applied to the handle of the wrench until the receiver breaks free. The receiver can then be turned the rest of the way off by hand.

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