When I tried to put a muzzle brake on my new T/C Compass 300WM I found it took serious torque to crush the "crush washer" - even a little bit.
I could put the barrel in a vise with appropriate hardwood cheeks, but I would like to be able to undo this on the road or in the field. In the meanwhile, I just used hi-temp, medium-strength thread locker and it works OK.
Is there anything that will hold the barrel, other than the large clunky barrel vises I see at Midway, etc.?
Vise grips would be nice, if they could be covered so they didn't mess up the barrel.
Also, is there a type of crush washer that compresses with less force? I have seen in forums that you need 40 lb-ft to compress one. Seems like way too much.