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Old March 20th, 2017, 09:24 AM   #1
 
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Getting the top plate off the 10/22

I recently purchased my Ruger 10/22 and wanted to change out the top plate for an NcStar Ruger scope mount. Problem is the screws holding the top plate are on so tight and are so tiny that my little bitty screw drivers for a screw that small can't get sufficient tork on the screw to get them loose. Anyone have some idea how to get the little rascals out? Thanks



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Old March 20th, 2017, 09:51 AM   #2
 
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I assume you are referring to the scope base? First you should use good hollow ground gun screwdrivers. One thing that may help. First try this, get a good screwdriver that fits the screws the best you can! Then put the driver in the slot and rap the driver like your hammering a nail. Often this will help break the bond and you can remove the screws. If you plan to work on your guns much , invest in a good gun screwdriver set. If the first trick does not work take it to someone! once you ruin the screw it becomes more costly to repair.
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Liquid wrench or other penetrating oil will help. A 50/50 mixture of Automatic Transmission Fluid and acetone makes the best penetrating oil. Apply to screws and give it at least overnight to penetrate into threads.
That , and proper fitting screwdriver is the only trick I know.
Heat applied to head of the screw with a soldering iron tip might also help.
Local gun shops used to do things like this. would even mount the scope and bore sight it in for you .
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Remove the rifle from the stock and the barrel from the action and put it into the freezer overnight. Might break loose the screws
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Liquid Wrench is good, but in my experience SiliKroil is better. I also use Gibbs oil. What you can also try is to exert a counter-clockwise effort with the PROPER gunsmith screwdriver, and tap on the top of the screwdriver with a hammer while you apply the twist. Maybe you can enlist the help of a buddy to do the tapping while you two-hand the twist action. And then there's heat...
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I also recommend a good gunsmithing screwdriver set. I would look for one that has bits, and one driver. The bits fit in the driver. The bits usually have a 1/4" shank. Get a 1/4" socket set, put the bit in the 1/4" socket, and use the ratchet to get the screws out.
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A new 10/22 doesn't come with the scope base attached (at least both of mine didn't) they are in a small bag to be attached if needed. Did you buy this rifle used? and if so hopefully the previous owner didn't use an aggressive thread locker on those small screws?.
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Just a word - Acetone will remove the factory blue/black finish on 10/22's. Another one of those "Don't ask me how I know" things...
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I think also that the previous owner or whom ever put the screws in the scope base used Loctite on them. I would hope they used Blue and not the Red. Either way I would use a good Hair dry or some other way to heat up the receiver and screws to loosen the grip of the Loctite and the screws will probably come right out while they are good and hot/worm.
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Just a word - Acetone will remove the factory blue/black finish on 10/22's. Another one of those "Don't ask me how I know" things...
That's a sad state of affairs.....paint is not near as good as the old black anodized finish....anything to save a $ I guess.
Thanks for heads up , my 10/22 is 1973 vintage.
Do they paint the Blackhawks too !
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I recently purchased my Ruger 10/22 and wanted to change out the top plate for an NcStar Ruger scope mount. Problem is the screws holding the top plate are on so tight and are so tiny that my little bitty screw drivers for a screw that small can't get sufficient tork on the screw to get them loose. Anyone have some idea how to get the little rascals out? Thanks
I was in the same situation today when installing the Tac-Hammer barrel with the cantilever rail. I took the receiver to my LGS and they took out the screws easily. Not sure how they did it though
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