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    Screwdriver Bits

    I now have a handful of Brownell's Magna-tip bits that are twisted and/or broken. Had one snap this week.

    Through some searches I learned that Brownell went to sintered metal for their bits. Apparently mine are of this type. I posted a question on the product page about the quality issues, only to find the question deleted.

    Is there another company making bits that are not sintered metal?
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    Brownell use to guarantee their bits for life. I have called them in the past and recieved free replacements. Although that doesn't help if you are looking for better quality bits. I would be interested to know if all their current bits are sintered or if that method of manufacture was only used during a certain timeframe.
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    Web page has guarenteed forever posted. I have my doubts about Magna Tip bits being sintered metal.
    the smaller ones look like they're made fron an extrusion and the larger ones from round stock.
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    They replaced two for me about a month ago. But, if they deleted your post..................it makes me wonder about them.
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    I found an answer at The High Road forum. Chapman. Made in USA from rolled USA steel and heat treated. https://chapmanmfg.com/pages/gunsmith-screwdriver-sets
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    I bought my tips from McMaster-Carr Industrial Supply. They are all either Wiha or Wera. Both brands are made in Germany and are very high quality. They run about $2ea.

    https://www.mcmaster.com/
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    Are there any Sets out there which are strictly a nice graduated assortment of "Slot"?

    Like a 48 or 60 odd Slot Bit assortment?

    Anything I am ever going to work on is all Slot Head Screws, and often enough very thin slots and or odd width-to-length Slot sizes.

    I hate buying these sets which have half generic Slot bits and the rest some assortment of Hex and Philips and Star or whatever which I have no use for.

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    I use the Wheeler set (all slot/hollow ground) and never use them for anything except guns. General service tools and gun tools are NEVER mixed. Brownell’s does offer forever happiness, call them.
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    I have several of the Chapman Gun Screwdriver sets and while very well made the set is not versatile enough. The bit size range leaves a lot to be desired, the extension has an oversized end and makes it unusable on say a Single Action.

    Brownell's bits are made in the USA and look a lot like they might be Apex bits, most of the other brand sets are made where?

    I don't care how well made a screwdriver bit is, it can be broken off, especially if enough torque is used.
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    As mentioned, screw drive tips are like drill bits. They are consumable.


 
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