I got the call from Jim Briggs yesterday afternoon. My barrel and recoil lug will be here thrusday. That gives me 2 days to get the action ready for it and if all goes well I'll be shooting this monster friday morning. I thought some of you guys might like to see how a semi custom rifle build goes. So here we go. Ill document it every step of the way and do my best to explain what im doing. Step 1 is to remove the factory barrel from the action. They make barrel vices for this purpose, but i find a heavy mechanics vice on my homemade floor stand gives me more leverage. I do use the barrel vice blocks and powdered rosin for rem 700s. Tools you need to debarrel an action are simple.. Wheeler action wrench 2 (for rem 700s and savages) some masking tape, an adjustable wrench, a hammer, the oak barrel blocks and powdered rosin and the vice, and of course your barreled action. The set up below is how I do rem 700s. Savages require a bit of a different setup. Remington is notorious for putting their barrels on with about a million ft lbs of torque so you gotta smash the blocks in there good and dont be stingy with the rosin. Once you have it all set up and youre ready to remove the barrel give it a good shove and see if it will break lose. It probably wont so this is where the hammer comes in. just give the end of the handle on the action wrench a good sharp blow. I used a 15 oz ball peen, a 3 lb sledge would have been a better choice.