Originally Posted by Waveform
Looking at screwdriver sets I think the Wheeler set will fit my budget. The set Brownell's has looks awesome and weldermyass described it better than Brownell's does but at over $300 I'll have to leave that one for the pros. I'm going to get a better hammer/mallet and perhaps a full set of punches. And a better vise too.
Hang on a second. You don't have to buy the Brownells "Every thing possible" kit of gunsmith screwdrivers. I started out with a very inexpensive smaller set and then as time went on I was always adding to that set. Specialty drivers like the single action screws for a Bisley with it's hex drive and split drive for the ejector rod housing screw. Then there's a bit for the ejector rod latch assemble of a Ruger SRH cylinder. And various other specialty bits. Some where along the ride I added a set of torx bits, allen bits, long phillips bits that are made to fit through a recoil pad and reach the screws there. It's taken me awhile but I have a fair amount of their total production now, but I'm still missing several other bits that as of yet I've not come accross the need for. In fact, when I get a new gun, I check my bin of bits and see what is needed for that particular firearm. I then order a hollow handle driver and bits for just that gun. That way if I need to work on a SRH I grab the SRH screwdriver which will have all the bits I need for that one gun. So yes I do have duplicates, buy I don't run the risk of misplacing them since they are set up for each different gun. Works like a champ and I didn't have to go to the poor house to get it. Brownells doesn't care if you order one bit or fifty, just get the ones you actually need. But do start with a small starter set to get you going. Smithy.