Best set of inexpensive beginner screwdrivers?

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WyoGunner

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After "screwing" up a few sets of screws on some guns with the wrong size screwdrivers, I decided it was time to get a beginner set. I don't want complete crap, but i don't want the most expensive set either. Any recommendations? Price and quality are the most important with an emphasis on price. (Just out of college, no money! :) Thanks.
 

flhr62

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Look at Brownells web site. Look at the magna- tip set, you can buy the bits for about $3 a piece. They are hollow ground which is what you want. You can get a cheap handle most anywhere, it's the bits that are important.
 

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Well, wally work sells a cheaper kit that'll give you a fair assortment of different bits etc. Then, as you need them, order the bits from Brownells that will work for you.
 

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My "go to" screwdrivers are Craftsman brand and I "shape" each individual tool to fit a specific screw on my Ruger Single Actions.

An hour's work will provide you with a set that will "do the job" for a long, long time.

I do not care for the "screwdriver bits" designs at all.
I'm an Old Fart, stuck in his ways, though.

Fine guns deserve screwdrivers that fit perfectly!

JMHO,

flatgate
 

Big Bubba

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http://www.brownells.com/.aspx/pid=6739 ... DRIVER_SET

I have a set of these in all sizes. My dad used these types for many years in his gunsmithing business. They are a quality product.

Like Flatop, I don't like bits. I am "old school". Nothing wrong with the bits, I just like my wooden handled drivers.

Anyone using a crappy screwdriver on a quality firearm should be slapped up beside the ear. You not only bugger the screw, but you can slip and put a good gouge in the metal or the wood of the gun. Garsh Dangit! :(
 

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a good gouge in the metal or the wood of the gun
Could say you just 'personalized' it ;) . "This here scratch was put on in '95 when I ..." .

I bought the 'Walmart' set that comes in a red box. Don't recall the name. So far I've only used one bit in the set as it fits all the ruger screws the best. interesting.
 

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I bought a wheeler 89 piece professional set. Not exactly cheap, however, my investments (guns) deserve proper tools to work on them.
 

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As gun gear goes, nothing could be easier to find reasonably priced than quality driver sets so there's no reason for any shooter to do without. I have a set by B-Square and another by Porter Cable and neither set cost more than $12 because they were closeouts items at the time. Any good size gun show will be a good bet to have new and used tools as well. Do a tool search on Amazon and you might find decent quality at an acceptable price. If you buy individual bits one at a time with shipping and handling costs you're better off getting a kit right from the get-go. IMO
 

flhr62

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Pachmayr 31-Piece Professional Gunsmith Screwdriver SetProduct #: 776936Status: AvailableOur Price:$9.99$26.99Save $17.00 At MidwayUsa
 

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Back in the early 70's when I was serving my time in retail hell the hardware store I worked in sold a set of wooden handled screwdrivers by Irwin. They then sold for $5 bucks or less.

I had a friend who was much better then me on the grinder alter the tips to fit standard gun screws; rem, S&W, Colt. I still have and use a few of them.

Few things make me feel as dumb as when I reach in the Brownells screwdriver box for the best fitting tip and then bugger a screw head, cause it almost fit.
 

langenc

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Dont buy a cheap set. If you cant afford a good set wait 6 mo and save till you can.

Buy once, cry once--buy twice cry twice and ruin some screws in the meantime and then you will really cry.
 
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flatgate":2udv8jtu said:
My "go to" screwdrivers are Craftsman brand and I "shape" each individual tool to fit a specific screw on my Ruger Single Actions.

An hour's work will provide you with a set that will "do the job" for a long, long time.

I do not care for the "screwdriver bits" designs at all.
I'm an Old Fart, stuck in his ways, though.

Fine guns deserve screwdrivers that fit perfectly!

JMHO,

flatgate

Yep
I do the same thing. I do not like the so called gun screw drivers.
I find the ones that fit then round/polish all the sharp edges off of them.
Have a special one for taking off the grip frame. You can slip and you will and it doesn't hurt a thing. I can't stand the magnatized ones, you finally get a screw in then get the driver close and out it comes.
Jim
 

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