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I'm getting ready to buy a scope ring lapping tool. I have found two with big differences in their price. I found one at Sinclair International for $17.00 and the other at Brownells for $40.00. The differences are: Brownell's bar looks to be a little longer, has two handles and the bar looks like it has fluted rings around it versus the Sinclair bar that is a little shorter, only one handle and their bar is a plain solid steel bar. Other than from a luxury or beauty standpoint is the $40 dollar Brownell more expensive because it is better than the Sinclair?

I mean, as I see it, its not rocket science as lapping is just steel against steel. Is there any reason to buy the more expensive Brownell bar?

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Toby
 

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I use a piece of good quality cold rolled steel bar stock. Don't need a fancy handle to lapp a set of rings. KN
 

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Dunno where I got mine as I've had it a long time. It does have a handle on both ends but is not fluted. Is pretty long. If you have only one handle I'd think you'd want a single handle. Me I like the idea of two handles.

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Got mine from Russ Haydon's shooter's supply on the Internet for about $14. He's located in Gig Harbor Washington. Has two handles. Non fluted. includes lapping compound and instructions. Well made and works very good.
 

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Geno,

I ran across his website last night and saw that it was pretty good price, no pictures though. I'll have to find his website again tonight and give him a call on Monday. Thanks for the tip.

Anybody have any tips on how to securely hold a handgun to make lapping the rings an easier task?
 

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If you've got a metal fabrication supply in town, go and buy a piece of 1" round solid bar stock. Also, most major auto parts stores sell valve lapping compound, which will work as the abrasive for shaping up the rings.
 

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Lapping tool

Have that local machine shop use TGP 4140 to make a lapping tool. It is ground and of precise size. Have them turn a shank to fit in a cordless drill about 2" long on one end of a 15" piece of this steel. Mine has a grove about .025 geep similiar to a thread that runs the full length. This carries the lapping compound through the rings. You will find Valve lapping compound to be too coarse. This tool makes quick work of a lapping job...Dallas
 

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My tool cost $5 from the local blacksmith, cold rolled steel with a handle welded in the middle. I use valve grinding compound, works great, another $4 for more than you'll ever use. Use a figure eight pattern on the rings, it cleaned mine up great, especially my three-ring set on my Encore .454, and it tracks great and holds zero now, unlike before, even though it's a Leupold it didn't like the misaligned rings.
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