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Old January 5th, 2020, 05:25 PM   #1
 
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ROA Screwdrivers

Ever since I bought my ROA over a year ago, Iíve been looking for the perfect set of screwdrivers to clean and service my beautiful revolver. Today, I got a set that I believe will fit the bill perfectly. When browsing through what eBay had to offer, I came across this set made in USA by Grace. They are literally made for Ruger single action revolvers as you can see from the product name (Ruger Single Action Screwdriver Set, $28.39 on eBay )I havenít tried them yet, but Iím certain they will be a pleasure to use, and some tools I am proud to own, that compliment my favorite gun quite nicely. Iím kind of surprised Ruger themselves donít offer these on shopruger.com




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That is perfect for the range bag! I have a wheeler engineering set. It is the kind with interchangeable bits. It is too big to carry to the range, but is great for my bench. I prefer individual tools, as opposed to the bit set, but this will do for now. I have heard good things about the grace tools.
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That is perfect for the range bag! I have a wheeler engineering set. It is the kind with interchangeable bits. It is too big to carry to the range, but is great for my bench. I prefer individual tools, as opposed to the bit set, but this will do for now. I have heard good things about the grace tools.
I hadn’t heard anything about them, but I figured from the pictures, they were good quality. Like I said, I haven’t tried them yet, but they sure look and feel nice in the hands.
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They have the same handles as the Brownell’s brand screwdrivers. I suspect that Grace manufactures them for brownells. To me, a good set of hollow ground screwdrivers is a must for tinkering with guns. Most guys use their craftsman screwdrivers and then complain when the heads are all boogered up.
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Agreed. I feel like I want to take care of my favorite gun, so why use cheap screwdrivers to take care of it?!


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[QUOTE=ironwrx;4451643]Ever since I bought my ROA over a year ago, Iíve been looking for the perfect set of screwdrivers to clean and service my beautiful revolver. Today, I got a set that I believe will fit the bill perfectly. When browsing through what eBay had to offer, I came across this set made in USA by Grace. They are literally made for Ruger single action revolvers as you can see from the product name (Ruger Single Action Screwdriver Set, $28.39 on eBay )I havenít tried them yet, but Iím certain they will be a pleasure to use, and some tools I am proud to own, that compliment my favorite gun quite nicely. Iím kind of surprised Ruger themselves donít offer these on shopruger.com



I have a whole set of Grace USA screw drivers & can`t use a single one of them on my firearms. The blades are to thick.
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I own 2 sets of Grace hollow ground screwdrivers.......excellent quality.
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I own 2 sets of Grace hollow ground screwdrivers.......excellent quality.

Thatís what I thought.


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I have a set of the wood handle hollow ground tip gunsmith screwdriver that look just like the ones posted by the OP, except there is no case and the set has 6 screwdrivers. I bought these from Brownell's back in the 70s but they rarely get used now because I bought a Stanley "Fat Max" that uses hex bits. I bought a 32 piece set of Kline hex bits (US made) and have yet to find a screw that I couldn't fit with the proper size bit. The Kline set also has Phillips, Torx, square, Allen and Clutch bits. To me, hex bits are more handy, easy to swap, and can get replaced easily if they get damaged or lost. The flat tip hex bits are also hollow ground so they fit gun screws exceptionally well.

In case you haven't noticed, Ruger Bisleys have Allen head screws for the top grip frame and some models now have Torx head screws for grips so the days of flat tip only gun screws is over. What you DON'T want for guns is a common flat tip used for household and automotive applications. These have tapered tips that are guaranteed to bugger up gun screws.

Here's a link for the Stanley "Fat Max": https://www.toolup.com/Stanley-69-18...it-Screwdriver Here's a link for the Kline hex bit set: https://www.grainger.com/product/335...200106181544:s
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I have a set of the wood handle hollow ground tip gunsmith screwdriver that look just like the ones posted by the OP, except there is no case and the set has 6 screwdrivers. I bought these from Brownell's back in the 70s but they rarely get used now because I bought a Stanley "Fat Max" that uses hex bits. I bought a 32 piece set of Kline hex bits (US made) and have yet to find a screw that I couldn't fit with the proper size bit. The Kline set also has Phillips, Torx, square, Allen and Clutch bits. To me, hex bits are more handy, easy to swap, and can get replaced easily if they get damaged or lost. The flat tip hex bits are also hollow ground so they fit gun screws exceptionally well.

In case you haven't noticed, Ruger Bisleys have Allen head screws for the top grip frame and some models now have Torx head screws for grips so the days of flat tip only gun screws is over. What you DON'T want for guns is a common flat tip used for household and automotive applications. These have tapered tips that are guaranteed to bugger up gun screws.

Here's a link for the Stanley "Fat Max": https://www.toolup.com/Stanley-69-18...it-Screwdriver Here's a link for the Kline hex bit set: https://www.grainger.com/product/335...200106181544:s


Lowegan - Iím sure your Stanley and your Klein sets are excellent and no doubt more versatile than the Brownellís set. But for me, #1, I wanted a dedicated set of tools that would be the right sized for the ROA screws (so I wouldnít have to search for the right bits every time), and #2, I feel the more traditional Grace screwdrivers are more fitting for working on a traditional revolver. (Just my personal preference)


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You can tell that screwdriver set has a few years on it ... notice the Grace USA Phone and Fax number are the same number !
Remember when when the phone/fax combo was the latest in technology ... the one unit did away with a separate telephone and fax machine on a desk , when sending a fax your machine made a noise to tell the other machine it was sending a fax and to go into fax reception mode.... Oh the technology was just amazing .
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ironwrx, There's absolutely nothing wrong with your motives for using the Grace screwdrivers. For me, I look at it as a gunsmithing solution rather than how you look at it as a tradition. The main issue it to be able to work on your SA revolvers without buggering up screws where most any set of hollow ground tip screwdrivers will do the job right.
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ironwrx, There's absolutely nothing wrong with your motives for using the Grace screwdrivers. For me, I look at it as a gunsmithing solution rather than how you look at it as a tradition. The main issue it to be able to work on your SA revolvers without buggering up screws where most any set of hollow ground tip screwdrivers will do the job right.


Agreed. I am also, admittedly a ďtoolaholicĒ, and love how the Grace tools look and feel.


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You can't go wrong with Grace screwdrivers.
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