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Old July 27th, 2016, 04:49 PM   #1
 
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Mini-14 Rear Sight Removal

I'm trying to switch to a rear Tech sight on my new Mini-14 and having problems removing the mounting screw for the Ruger sight. The Allen wrench provided with the Tech sights just bends and the screw will not budge. Funny, my 10/22 has the same rear sight which had a tendency to fall off every two magazines. I guess Ruger decided to Loctite the sight on the 14?

At any rate, does anyone have any suggestions on how to proceed? I don't want to use too much force on the screw because I'm afraid the threads in the receiver will be damaged. Is there anything holding the rear sight on in addition to the mounting screw? Any suggestions on how to loosen this screw without using too much force? Have others experienced the same problem?

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I used a tool steel allen wrench and that worked.
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My new Mini 14 uses a Torx head screw to secure the rear sight to the receiver.
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Interesting, mine is just an Allen screw. I'm going to check my date of manufacture. The box is stamped 5/18/14.
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you could try putting some heat from a hair dryer on it that might loosen it up if loctite was used.
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Yes, heat, and try tapping on the Allen with a small hammer as you are trying to turn it.
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A bit of heat is usually the key. Let us know how it goes.
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I talked to Ruger today. They said it should not be that tight and that no Loctite is used on the sight screw. FYI - they also said it takes 5/64th Allen wrench. So I tried again with a different Allen wrench. Will not budge. Unfortunately I'm in the middle of a local move and all my tools are packed and in various locations. I think I will try heating the screw head with a soldering iron after the move - or maybe I should just wait until it comes loose. I hope it hasn't been cross threaded at the factory.

My 10/22 Collectors Edition has the same sight and I had so many problems keeping it tight I switched to a Tech sight. Go figure....
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Interesting, mine is just an Allen screw. I'm going to check my date of manufacture. The box is stamped 5/18/14.
My rifle's box is marked 5/17/16, and the rear sight screw takes a T15.

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add some heat, like a propane torch, that helps loosen metal joints
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I would use the soldering iron, since you can contact just the screw head.

Using the heat gun or torch will heat up parts you don't want heated, and may mess up the finish.

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