I need a recommendation for professional grade gunsmith screwdrivers

Help Support Muzzle Loading Forum:

Flintlock Whiskey

40 Cal
MLF Supporter
Joined
Aug 5, 2021
Messages
309
Reaction score
333
Location
Cave Creek Arizona
I bought a cheap set of "Winchester" screwdrivers that are woefully lacking in quality. I usually adhere to the adage to "pay once and cry once", but not this time. Can someone point me in the right direction?
 

Artificer

Cannon
MLF Supporter
Joined
May 6, 2014
Messages
12,837
Reaction score
5,361

Artificer

Cannon
MLF Supporter
Joined
May 6, 2014
Messages
12,837
Reaction score
5,361
Correction to my above post. I think Chapman sells their bits individually as well, though they don't have the full range of sizes Brownells does.

Gus
 

flinter1977

40 Cal
MLF Supporter
Joined
Nov 1, 2019
Messages
446
Reaction score
322
Location
Wisconsin
I second the wheeler set .Had them for years no complaints and happy screw heads.
 

Stumpkiller

That Other Moderator
Staff member
Moderator
MLF Supporter
Joined
Nov 23, 2003
Messages
18,637
Reaction score
817
Location
Upstate NY
Yep. Magna-Tip and the Thin-Bit add on set. I have the Torx and Hex add ons as well. Or just dive right in for the Super Set Plus.

Use it all the time. I've even ground my own "special" bits for military-surplus sight adjustments
 

Flintlock Whiskey

40 Cal
MLF Supporter
Joined
Aug 5, 2021
Messages
309
Reaction score
333
Location
Cave Creek Arizona

springfield art

54 Cal.
MLF Supporter
Joined
Jun 17, 2019
Messages
1,522
Reaction score
955
I bought a cheap set of "Winchester" screwdrivers that are woefully lacking in quality. I usually adhere to the adage to "pay once and cry once", but not this time. Can someone point me in the right direction?
Brownell's, Brownell's, and Brownell's; all the pros use the company, can't go wrong.
 

springfield art

54 Cal.
MLF Supporter
Joined
Jun 17, 2019
Messages
1,522
Reaction score
955
Any young person getting into the "gun hobby" should have a high quality screwdriver set right off the bat....
 

Osseon

40 Cal
Joined
Jan 28, 2021
Messages
239
Reaction score
187
Personally I've lost a screwdrivers way before any quality issues come to light so I like to keep it on the cheap. Maybe one day I'll get a good work setup where I can keep my tools in one place.
 

hawkeye2

70 Cal.
MLF Supporter
Joined
Apr 12, 2004
Messages
4,579
Reaction score
1,783
Location
Winchester, VA
Brownell's Magna-Tip and buy the big set right up front. You will need the thin tip set.

I also have a Chapman set and it's often my go to set because it fits in my pocket or shooting box and they are quality tools. In fact I have almost all the tips they offer. They aren't as versatile as the Brownell's though but the tips are cheap and you can grind them to fit.
 

MN284

32 Cal.
Joined
Jan 13, 2010
Messages
63
Reaction score
31
There is also the designated set for Browning shotguns and rifles. Thin bit, very high quality.
 

Sidney Smith

50 Cal.
Joined
Feb 17, 2019
Messages
1,488
Reaction score
1,229
I've got a set made by Grace I think it is. Wood handles. Plus I have another set , also made by Grace that is just one screwdriver, but comes with about a dozen interchangeable bits. They're made in USA iirc, and have not failed me yet.
 

Hatchet-Jack

45 Cal.
Joined
Jul 22, 2020
Messages
718
Reaction score
916
I use the Chapman set.
 

The Crisco Kid

45 Cal.
MLF Supporter
Joined
Dec 23, 2013
Messages
547
Reaction score
794
Location
Alaska and Arizona
I bought the Lyman set. A disappointment. The bits are hollow ground but there is not a long enough parallel side area for the bits to reach the bottom of the screw slot. I have to regrind every bit. I've dealt with Brownells since the 70's and should have known enough to just go with them.
 
Top