Guys, guys ! Pipe wrenches, checkered vise jaws!
This is a perfectly sweet Browning BAR that's blued.
Actually I did make a set of tapered barrel jaws for it today and a block that filled the receiver. I tried repeatedly to clamp the barrel but no-go, wouldn't keep from slipping down the taper.
The Main North American Browning Service Center is about 5 miles from my house. They'll take the barrel off, but won't reinstall it with my compensator on it. Too long to wait for them to do it anyway.
I called another Browning Service center that's 15 miles from my house that stocks all of the obsolete parts and does their smithing too...and they wouldn't touch it. The guy I talked to used to work at the main Center and used to do those BARs, barrel an all. He said even the guys in Browning hated to do them, and they used a special vise that kept the receiver from twisting (bending) under the load of barrel torque. He said that particular vise was about $1800-2000...made just for that receiver....and no he didn't have one.
For the first time in my 12 years of smithing, I'm gonna have to call a customer and tell them I can't do it. Kills me to say that! But I did shorted their stock for them 1 1/4" and fit a Limb Saver Pad.
Soooo, 10 hours of work, and I get paid for installing a Limbsaver and some quick stock work.
Thanks for all the help though guys.