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Gun vice for cleaning, light maintenance?

Discussion in 'Maintenance & Gunsmithing' started by djm68, May 8, 2015.

  1. djm68

    djm68 Portland, OR Member

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    Hello,

    Might sound like a stupid question, but do any of you have suggestions for a decent gun vice? I just need something to hold rifles for cleaning, scope mounting, etc. I've looked online and can figure out which of the many Tipton, Layman, etc vices are worth the $. Looks like lots of cheap plastic, in most cases. What do you guys/gals use?

    Thanks,
    DJM
     
  2. ron

    ron Vancouver, Washington Silver Supporter Silver Supporter

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  3. techiej

    techiej vancouver, wa Active Member

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    For cleaning and VERY light maintenance the Tipton works well...it's what I use.
     
  4. djm68

    djm68 Portland, OR Member

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    So the $50 model will suffice, then?
     
  5. MarkAd

    MarkAd Port Orchard Well-Known Member

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    Tipton Best gun vice
     
  6. jbett98

    jbett98 NW Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    My wife bought me the Tippton model shown above and I've never really used it.
    Just takes up room on my bench.
    It's yours for $20.00 if you're interested.
    PM me cell #.
     
  7. F2CMaDMaXX

    F2CMaDMaXX West of Portland from England Bullet goes where now? Staff Member Bronze Supporter 2015 Volunteer 2016 Volunteer

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    If he's already sorted that out, i'll take yours.
     
  8. coop44

    coop44 Tacoma ,WA Well-Known Member

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    I use my regular vise, cut 2 plywood pads and covered them with pile carpet. been working for 20 years. you are right most of the stuff out there is plasic junk.
     
  9. Otter

    Otter Oregon - mid Willamette Valley Active Member

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    I have a BenchMaster shooting rest. I just use that for cleaning. Holds the gun perfectly and I put a small square of granite countertop under the rear leg to lower the muzzle so the solvent doesn't drain back into the action.

    The primary advantage of this approach is one less piece of equipment cluttering up my gun area, and for sage rat trips, my gun cleaning device works great to shot off of.
     
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  10. P7id10T

    P7id10T Cedar Hills Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    I bought a Cabela's vise, which looks like a copy of the Tipton. Cheap, IMO useful only for cleaning, with the muzzle always pointing down. Returned it.

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    A week or two later, saw a HySkore vise at Cabela's on sale for $50.
    It works well, allows me to level my rifle and hold it steady. I've used it on 2 rifles (HS Precision stock & Choate Varmint stock), held each one well. Used it to level one and mount & bore sight my scope. I'm pleased. When I'm not using it, I hang it on the wall. Picture below:
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    Link to it: Hyskore Gun Vise at Cabelas

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