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Old July 26th, 2016, 01:52 PM   #1
 
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Unhappy Muzzle Brake Removal

Hello All!

Decided to change out the sights on my 10/22 Takedown, but cannot get the muzzle brake off. I've tried it with the rifle together, but I am applying too much torque and it comes apart. With the barrel assembly removed, there is not enough for me to hold on to. Unfortunately, I do not have a bench/barrel vise. I've tried hitting it with WD-40, but to no avail.

Options and ideas?

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Perhaps Ruger used a threadlocker? Or, it's just torqued to more than you can handle?
At any rate, WD40 is the worst and least effective stuff to use on it. The stuff should have disappeared long ago. Were I you I would try some heat, about 250 degrees or so, only at the brake area.
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Perhaps Ruger used a threadlocker? Or, it's just torqued to more than you can handle?
At any rate, WD40 is the worst and least effective stuff to use on it. The stuff should have disappeared long ago. Were I you I would try some heat, about 250 degrees or so, only at the brake area.
WD-40 is great for some things, hence its name WD, water Displacer #40. It works well on a distributor on a car to remove moisture, and removing moisture from electrical contacts. However for the use the OP was using it for, not designed for that, and wrong tool for the job. Instead i would try PB Blaster, or Open and Shut, I have seen that stuff break free header bolts on an 80 year old farmall tractor that had been 3 times rusted over.
However you are on the right track, I would use an LP torch to heat the area where the threads are located and try to loosen it that way, if loctite was installed. If that doesn't work you may have to enlist a gunsmith with the proper tools, vise, and barrel blocks to remove it, without scratching or damaging the firearm.That may be the best bet, that way you will not beat up a new toy.
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Is it a version with the muzzle break pinned on? If not, heat and Kroil are the best options.

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