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    9mm / 3/8in Gunsmith Screwdriver Required in UK

    I have a Wheeler 'Space Saver Gunsmithing Screwdriver Set' but have managed to break the '#39FB' flat blade bit on a stubborn Mannlicher M1886 magazine screw. I'm not sure what the '#39' means, but the bit width measures at 9mm / 3/8in.

    It appears Wheeler won't sell spares outside of the US, so can anyone point me towards an equivalent sized hollow ground flat bit or complete screwdriver that's available in the UKicon?
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    Have you tried a place like Midway, not Wheeler? Replacement bits are available through MidwayUSA.com using the Wheeler part numbers. https://www.btibrands.com/wp-content...ionGuide89.pdf
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    Quote Originally Posted by Roy W View Post
    Very good thanks. Looking at the Wheeler parts guide, I think the equivalent of the #39 bit is this:

    https://www.brownells.co.uk/MAGNA-TIP-SUPER-SET-BITS-Bit-340-5-SD340-BT040-BROWNELLS-Thin-Bit-080340540

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    Quote Originally Posted by peregrinvs View Post
    but have managed to break the '#39FB' flat blade
    Is the flat blade completely broken or can it be salvaged by grinding the end off flat?

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    No. It’s snapped off too far down unfortunately.

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    Chapman have them and they are a better quality that the Wheeler.
    They will also ship anywhere.

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    Go to a good hardware shop and buy a quality set of conventional screwdrivers. They are miles better that the replaceable tip sets, regardless of brand. This comment is made after 50 years of full-time gunsmithing.

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