Stripped screw issue

by stonewalrus, Wednesday, November 22, 2017, 07:36 (550 days ago)

Number one son started to put his Skinner receiver sight on his Ruger #1 and discovered a screw head was stripped (Torx). Apparently his “new” gun at the gun shop was actually a returned within 30 days gun (he has had it for a couple of years now). Shy of taking it to a gunsmith and waiting six months, do you know of a way for us to get it out other than drilling it and pulling it that way? He was wanting to use it this season.

Stripped screw issue

by Robb Barnes, Wednesday, November 22, 2017, 08:53 (550 days ago) @ stonewalrus

The only thing I can think of is one of the small easy out tools. I've used them to get stripped screws out before

Stripped screw issue

by Fivegunner @, LOWELL Mi., Wednesday, November 22, 2017, 09:57 (550 days ago) @ stonewalrus

How about trying the next size Torx bit, If it is close but won`t fit a few tap`s of a small hammer might drive the torx bit in to the head of the Trox head screw enough to get a good bite on the screw, just hope there's no Loctite on it. If so you need to heat it up to about 300 deg. My 2 cents.:-D

Thanks we can try that - after a dose of penetrating oil

by stonewalrus, Wednesday, November 22, 2017, 10:44 (550 days ago) @ Fivegunner


To add a tiny bit to this...

by anachronism, Wednesday, November 22, 2017, 19:51 (550 days ago) @ Fivegunner

To add a tiny bit to this, there are also metric Torx bits available. Between SAE & metric sizes, plus a little heat in case of a thread locker, you have an excellent chance for success.

Thats not actually correct...

by rob @, Friday, November 24, 2017, 18:45 (548 days ago) @ anachronism

No disrespect intended... There are metric and standard hex/allen bits but Torx are Torx.

You are correct

by anachronism, Saturday, November 25, 2017, 10:09 (547 days ago) @ rob

You are correct. The information I had was from a site trying to sell me the newer design "IP" Torx bits, incorrectly identified as "metric".

Sometimes there is simply too much information available, making it difficult to separate the wheat from the chaff.

Sometimes I think...

by rob @, Saturday, November 25, 2017, 12:37 (547 days ago) @ anachronism

There are "proprietary" sizes of bolt, screw, Torx and hex head fasteners! Brand new bolts have no equal, even with brand new snap-on wrenches. Sometimes you make the most of what you have:)

Stripped screw issue

by jgt, Wednesday, November 22, 2017, 11:41 (550 days ago) @ stonewalrus

Talk to Andy at Skinners. He may have a solution.

stripped screw.

by bmize, Wednesday, November 22, 2017, 11:53 (550 days ago) @ stonewalrus

put a little heat to first. there is a reason it stripped.

Heat, solid vise, carbide center drill, drill press

by John K., Wednesday, November 22, 2017, 22:12 (549 days ago) @ stonewalrus

with variable speed and reversible; install left hand drill bit and back it out. If it doesn't catch, go up one size bit. If it doesn't work, you have at least removed the center section of the screw and that should've reduced the radial pressure on the threads, making it easier to remove with other tools.

Doesn't need to be red hot; just past where you can touch with bare skin.

Carefully... this is very easy to screw up.

Heat, solid vise, carbide center drill, drill press

by anachronism, Thursday, November 23, 2017, 10:59 (549 days ago) @ John K.

I know the left-hand drill bit part may seem difficult, but I've found them in most larger hardware stores. I just bought one from Ace Hardware to remove a broken sprue plate screw from a bargain mould I bought on ebay- $30.00 shipped, with one screw head broken off! I tried chasing the screw out with a sharp-faced punch, but it just didn't work out. The LH drill bit was a whopping $5.00 or so, and I should have bought one years and years ago.

If this is going on the rear sight rail...

by rob @, Friday, November 24, 2017, 19:00 (548 days ago) @ stonewalrus

I've had a few Number 1's but it's been a while. Best I remember they have a sight rail that's bolted on and I'm guessing you're trying to get one of those screws out to mount the skinner sight on. If so, take out the other screws, use a healthy dose of penetrating oil. Removing the other screws will loosen the rail and penetrating oil will, well...penetrate. That might let you work the rail back and forth...even a tiny bit of left and right can go a very long way. Another gunsmith/mechanic trick you might try before or in conjunction with the above is to take punch and a small hammer and smack the screw straight down. This is an old school trick for seating threads if you want more torque on a bolt...tighten, rap with punch, now you can tighten more, OR for opposite effect, it's useful for removing a stubborn screw. It won't work on locktite though. For that you will need heat. A hair dryer can work sometimes, a soldering iron with a clean tip works really well, and an industrial heat gun will work as well. If Locktite is involved, once it's hot enough to screw out, you'll smell the Locktite (sort of a sweet smell). Even if Locktite isn't involved, getting the area hot can help and sometimes getting it all hot and letting it cool works. If none of that works, go with what John K said. A left hand drill bit can work wonders but use a centering punch (an automatic center punch with a sharp tip works great) and get it perfect. You definitely do not want to drill into the threads.

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