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Old February 6th, 2017, 01:42 PM   #1
 
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Backing out stripped scope rings screws.

I finally stripped some screws on scope rings that have been mounted/unmounted numerous times. Now I can't get the scope off. They are small, allen head, I think 8-32 screws in the scope rings of my kid's rifle. I bought a backout tool with a very small bit, but used blue locktite and I am leary of it working or making it worse. In all honesty, I don't care if I damage the rings. I just need to get the scope off. Any tricks for getting out these small screws?



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Old February 6th, 2017, 02:50 PM   #2
 
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Use a soldering iron to heat and release the Loctite, hold tip on screw; then try to back out screws. Good luck take your time, don't harm the firearm.��
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If they are aluminum rings just turn the gun upside down and lightly tap the ring that is the culprit. I've seen some really cheap rings on the market lately, and the vast majority of them are made of aluminum, If the screws are turning in without gripping I'm sure they are aluminum rings with steel screws, and that procedure should work.
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If the hex is stripped Sock It Out extractors work good. They are tapered and grab the oversized hex.
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Ok, thanks for the suggestions gents. Despite the pb blaster and heat, they wouldnt back out with the Irwin backout tools I bought. I was probably a little rougher than I should have been, but noticed the small gap between the rings. It was just enough for a dremmel cutoff wheel to get in there and cut the screw. A little "gentle" prying and I got them off. The rings are toast and the scope has a couple of scratches on it, but the rifle is fine. Now I can swap in a new scope with some better rings. Thanks again for the quick replies and suggestions.
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I was going to suggest a hack saw blade but the dremel works too.
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Yup! When solving unsolvable problems, just get a bigger hammer.........or a Dremel. 8-)
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As I am a mechanical klutz that means I would take a trip to the local gunsmith
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