You can also use a really big cresent wrench. Also what I used to call a monkey wrench if it is large enough and in good enough shape. If you use these type tools wrong you can cause permanent damage and/or ruin a reciever. Holding the barrel without marking it takes a little more inovation. I think someone said they used wooden v-blocks and large c-clamps.
This is the set I've made to use based loosely on commercial varieties but beefed up quite a bit.I use the vice on every firearm I build having made quite a few different split bushings to fit each barrel design.
I use this wrench for both M14 and M1 garand barreling,heavy made over two feet long and machined to fit the actions tight.I use the thin rubberized advertising magnets for liner between barrel and bushing and liberally coat each part with violin rosin.
I used the barrel vice and action wrench sold by Midway and it worked well for my Garand rebarrel.
Barrel vice uses oak blocks and while many reviews gripe that they slip it grabs just fine if you engage the barrel where has different diameter for top and bottom. The ledge gives good grip, and I used rosin. You get blocks of different hole diameters. I used a big dia for bottom, small dia for top.
The action wrench doesn't come with a handle so I made one from heavy 1" square tubing. Wrench has burrs that MUST be removed or you'll scuff your receiver. I recognized this, fixed it, and my receiver was unmarked by the wrench.
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