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Ugh stuck screw.

Discussion in 'Gunsmithing' started by uilim, Jul 11, 2019.

  1. chubbs

    chubbs New Member

    Aug 26, 2019
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    i will give her the old college try but i’m not optimistic. that little bitty screw hasn’t budged. if freezing the wrench does the trick i will do a flat footed backflip

  2. ZX9RCAM

    ZX9RCAM Over the Rainbow bridge... TGT Supporter

    May 14, 2008
    The Woodlands, Tx.
    Be sure to have the recorder running....
  3. Younggun

    Younggun Ginger Avenger TGT Supporter Admin

    Jul 31, 2011
    hill co.
    Since aluminum expands at nearly twice the rate of steel cooling the set screw probably won’t be a big deal.

    But if it’s got locktight on it it’s gonna have to get hot enough to break down or it won’t matter much. 350-450 degrees depending on type and breaking down the loctite will matter a lot more than the expansion rates.

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  4. chubbs

    chubbs New Member

    Aug 26, 2019
    considering all the time & money i have in the diy blasting, prep & cerakote finish i don’t have intentions of damaging my “paint”

    oth, it did bake at 350-degrees to cure. now if that means my lower can take another 350+ before the cerakote is adversely affected, i will have to research. i did put the propane torch to it a few times thinking that would be enough.

    after all, i watched some videos of a guy breaking Loctited screws with nothing more than the allen wrench heated red hot. i heated my tiny allen wrench red hot & ruined it. i don’t have the luxury of turning on screws that are a good 5/16 or larger.

    this was blue loctite i used - never had a problem before. i have to loctite every screw on this 308. otherwise i would leave the target practice & literally get home without all of my screws. EVERYTHING came loose the 1st few times — couldn’t hit the targets..
    oh my r/d optic is falling off. won’t cycle properly.. oh the buffer tube is about fall out. this is the only screw i’ve had a problem with. prob bc nothing fits perfectly or won’t let me get straight on in order to put some a$$ into the wrench

    ps tried to post short video and file was too large to upload. whatever shall i do! the forum members won’t get to see me lose my $hit over a 2mm screw. oh well!
  5. TX OMFS

    TX OMFS Well-Known Forum Sponsor

    Nov 3, 2014
    San Antonio
    Can you use a small left handed bit & drill it out? Need a long bit or an extension of some sort.
  6. Dawico

    Dawico TGT Addict

    Oct 15, 2009
    Lampasas, Texas
    Easy out might help.

    When I have to deal with stuck screws I throw the whole thing in the freezer first. The screw will contract and the receiver may contract away from the screw.

    Driving a bit bigger wrench/ Torx head in is always helpful too. The bigger tool and the hitting action definitely help.
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  7. chubbs

    chubbs New Member

    Aug 26, 2019
    ya the screw head is too small. i tried the impact and it just bent the wrench. heating it cherry red set me up for failure. $7 wrench/socket that i have cut in half, twisted & bent up to this point.

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  8. motorcarman

    motorcarman Compulsive Collector

    Feb 13, 2015
    Rural Wise County, TX.
    MICRO TORCH and a really SHORT hex key!!

  9. rmantoo

    rmantoo Cranky old fart: Pull my finger

    Jan 9, 2013
    San Angelo
    Throw the entire lower in the freezer over night. Hold some torque on the screw while heating the receiver with a torch, and have someone hit the receiver with a dead-blow hammer over the screw housing area?

    The lower should warm up and expand a lot faster than the steel of the screw.
  10. chubbs

    chubbs New Member

    Aug 26, 2019
    36DD5B5E-04E7-46D0-A19A-D266D1DEE301.png i don’t know what will happen of the cerakote in regards to freezing it for hours on-end.

    i have been prudent in the use of a propane torch & open flames near it along with the length of time, choosing to focus the heat/flame mostly to the steel bolt catch.

    i don’t know what a micro torch is - how much does it differ from what i have in the pics posted earlier?

    anything i do to remove the screw is secondary to protecting the finish. it can handle up to 500-deg but holding an open flame to it is no temp controlled oven.

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