chamber reamers?


March 16, 2013, 01:07 PM
Any body have experience with "Manson Precision" from Brownells or "PTG" (Pacific Tool & Gauge) from Midway chamber reamers?
Is there a real difference in quality? I am reaming a brand new barrel that is short chambered. (7x57 mauser).
Re-barreling a 1895 Spanish Mauser-1916 pattern with an Adams & Bennett sporter barrel.
Any and all help appreciated.

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March 16, 2013, 01:29 PM
Manson and PTG are both exceptional quality. Buy either with confidence.

March 16, 2013, 01:31 PM
Manson, PTG, and Clymer are the only game in town as far as chamber reamers.

You can't go wrong with any of them.


March 16, 2013, 09:58 PM
If you are hand reaming with no experience, I caution you to be very careful. Those barrels are around .050" short in the chamber, and a fresh reamer can cut too deep in a heartbeat, if you're not careful. You need to flush or blow the chamber and throat clean when checking with the go and nogo gauges to prevent a false reading on the headspace.
Good luck with your project.


March 19, 2013, 03:51 PM
You might also want to consider renting a reamer. I always buy mine from PTG since there for a customers rifle were building but if your cleaning up a short chambered barrel, you would come out cheaper just renting one with the guages.

March 19, 2013, 05:18 PM
If you prefer to rent instead of buy, check out elk ridge reamers. They also rent go/no-go gauges, so the job can be done right.

Old Dog Man
March 21, 2013, 01:30 AM
You can also check out 4-D reamer rentals, I've had good experience with them. They also rent headspacing guages, and have a good responce time. Al

March 21, 2013, 10:46 PM
I used to rent reamers but now buy them. The hassle of renting was not worth the difference in price.

I have had very good service from PTG on both common and special reamers. Used to use Clymer but have had problems with them recently. PTG price is similar and quality is better IMHO.

April 7, 2013, 05:10 PM
What would you have to do to open up a chamber.

April 7, 2013, 05:18 PM
Typically how many finish cut (ream a short chamber) a fresh reamer good for? What is the cost to sharpen a reamer? who does it? I always rent, but now think of buying.

April 7, 2013, 06:09 PM
I have a number of Manson reamers and they are as good as any other reamers I have from the other reamer grinders.

But I have one custom reamer from Manson, so I talked to him on the phone.

He is a strictly business, no BS, kind of guy.

When he shipped, he put a person note in the package, so he was not angry.

I only get good manners and stay on task when I don't like someone.
But Manson is just super task oriented.

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