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Just wanted to give everyone a heads up so nobody makes the same mistake I did...

If you are ordering a Brownells barrel vise and want the bushings to work with M1A/M14 pattern rifles DO NOT order the kit...Get your barrel vise and bushing kit separately.

If you order the vise and bushing kit together, you only get two bushings. A large and a small. Even though they advertise it as M1A/M14 kit, it is not compatible.

It will work with an M1 Garand, however any M1A/M14 barrel requires two LARGE bushings.

If you order the bushing kit separately, it actually comes with three bushings instead of two...Two large ones and the small one.

Nope, they aren't selling me another large bushing separately. I would have to buy another 3 bushing kit, according to gun tech and customer service lines.
 

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Thanks Ripsaw! Thats a great idea. Never would have thought of it if you hadn't brought it up.

I am gonna have a machinist in town hog out the small M1 Garand bushing to match the other one tomorrow, and just make Garand ones out of wood, maybe.
 

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Hi Memphis,

Thanks a lot for the offer! Its much appreciated. I ended up using a dowel of the proper diameter and just rough sanding out the back end of the M1 Garand bushing until it fit around the M14's barrel and it worked...took a lil elbow grease, but I wasn't too concerned with not having the M1 Garand bushing. When I need it I'll try the wood ones, and just use a little vaseline and food colouring on the M1 Garand barrel just as if inletting a stock.

If you ever want to make your own M14 bushings, let me know and I can send you the unaltered one as a reference...Brass does sound like it would work just fine, good idea! Got the perfect brass stock around here in the form of worn out planetary gears from a forestry tractor too GI1

If I had to do it over again, I think I would just use Ripsaw's wood bushing idea from the start...but these ones work now. I wonder if using a square piece of wood stock would make it possible to use a regular old flat sided bench vise? Hmmmm

Leadbug, if you go the Brownells route, happy if I saved you from my mistake. Get the 3 bushing set separately from the barrel vise.

Edit: Pics or it didn't happen, right? ;)



The short barrel that just came off the receiver is a Norinco I used to practice back when I was learning the lathe. Cut back to SOCOM length and threaded for a muzzlebrake.

The normal barrel is whats going on next. A 1963 dated TRW, little rough on the outside, but on the inside its a peach. Very nice lookin chamber, bore and crown. Should be a shooter.
 
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