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Old January 22nd, 2009, 04:52 AM   #1
 
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Locktite on ejector housing screw?

The one on my 44 keeps backing out. But I've heard they can break off. I'm concerned that if I put Locktite on it, it could break off and I live to regret it as it'll be difficult to remove.. I'm still thinking it's the best way to go. Any thoughts?



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Old January 22nd, 2009, 08:01 AM   #2
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Jayhawkhuntclub, Loc-Tite is the normal "fix" for ejector housing screws. Take the screw completely out and clean the oil out of the screw hole and the screw. Apply a dot of blue Lock-Tite on the screw threads then torque the screw down. If you have to remove the screw later, just warm it up with a hair dryer on Hi for a minute to loosen the Loc-Tite.

Yes, sometimes the screws will shear off ... usually when they are loose which allows the ejector housing to bounce with recoil.
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I have used Loc-Tite on all my single action ejector rod screws and they have all stayed put. I have removed them later and had no problem. Make sure to use a screwdriver that fits the screw properly. I bought a Wheeler gunsmith screwdriver set and use it alot on my firearms.
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Old February 9th, 2009, 07:15 PM   #4
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My SBH came from the factory with red loctite on the ejector housing screw. It came loose and I red loctited it again. I now see that most recommend blue loctite. Do you think blue will work better than the red I have been using? Is there something else I can do to keep the screw from coming loose?
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the blue makes it easier to remove the screw if you ever need to. the blue is actually "weaker" than the red. However blue is recomended so that if you ever need to get the screw out, it will be easier.

I know the color of the stuff that comes on ruger screws is red.......however, i don't think it is "red loctite".

I wouldn't worry about having used red loctite on you ejector housing screw. If you ever need to remove it at a later date, you can deal with it then. I would recomend that in the future that you use the blue loctite on any future loose screws (i.e. that little crossbolt that holds the base pin in......that was the second screw on mine to loosen up after the ERH screw.) Then somehow I managed to shoot loose all the screws holding the grip frame to the cylinder frame.
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So I suppose it would be a good idea to snug up all the screws on your handgun or rifle for that matter. I have a lever action rifle that before I do any shooting I go through the process of snugging up the screws. I think I'm going to put some blue loc-tite on my ruger ejector housing screw now....
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I know the color of the stuff that comes on ruger screws is red.......however, i don't think it is "red loctite".

I wouldn't worry about having used red loctite on you ejector housing screw. If you ever need to remove it at a later date, you can deal with it then.
Actually, I used "real" red loctite on mine and it still came loose again. Screw and threads both look good, although the threads in the barrel are only a few threads deep.
I am looking for another way to fix this. I have the 4.6 barrel length and I shoot it a lot when I take it out. Maybe a couple hundred rounds. Barrel gets fairly warm and the screw gets loose. Any ideas? I've only had the gun a month and it is my most favorite firearm. If I could only keep it together.
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well i'll be darned. Good point though on the warm barrel possibly loosening the loctite. I don't know though, that stuff holds up pretty good around an engine. Is it possible there was still a light coat of oil on/in the threads before applying the loctite?

sorry, i'm out of ideas.
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Next time it comes loose I'll give it an extra good cleaning of the threads and re apply the loctite. If that doesn't keep it in place I'll have to have other ideas. Still love this gun.
Did I mention I like my SBH?
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Another 50 rounds through it today and the screw was backing out again. So, I brought it back up to the house and spent a good hour cleaning up the parts and threads and put on some fresh blue loctite. Now if it backs out, I know it wasn't because the parts were dirty.
If the snow keeps me away from work tomorrow, I'll have a chance to shoot it again and report back on my loctite job.
I hope it holds.
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