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Unread 12-13-2009, 09:12 PM
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Stripped Scope Mount screws

I need some suggestions/advice.

I picked up an old remington BDL 30-06 today for the action.

The Bore looked good and appears little used but the rifles exterior looked like it had been neglected pretty badly.

Since the Action itself looked good and the price was right I made the deal and took it home to clean it up.

Everything was good until I wanted to remove the one piece scope mount.

The leupold torx head screws appear to be partially stripped. On the head...notthe threads.

I guess I can leave them as is and hope the Smith can remove them but if anyone else has dealt with this and has a methodology that may work, I would appreciate advice. I may determine to give it a shot but I would not wish to make the Smiths job any harder than it appears it will be.

Will a Smith be able to get the dang things out??
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    Unread 12-13-2009, 09:14 PM
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    Re: Stripped Scope Mount screws

    Take a Dremel wheel and turn the Torx head into a slot and use a large flathead to turn it out. Worst case you can grind the entire Torx head off - just don't damage the action.
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    Unread 12-13-2009, 09:24 PM
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    Re: Stripped Scope Mount screws

    Thanks Nomad.

    I had considered that as an option but do not want to damage it to the point where even the Smith will not be able to get it out.

    Have you had to do this before?
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    Unread 12-13-2009, 09:25 PM
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    Re: Stripped Scope Mount screws

    I would suggest finding a drill that is the size of the screw head or the hole in the base
    that the screw goes in and drill only the heads off so the base can be lifted off leaving
    the screws shanks sticking above the receiver then eather slot the remaining screw or
    use a set of vice grips to remove them.

    A lot of time the heat from drilling will make the screw turn loose. and if you can find a
    left hand drill they work better and will some times unscrew the mounting screws while
    drilling.

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    Unread 12-13-2009, 09:27 PM
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    Re: Stripped Scope Mount screws

    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Aldon View Post
    Have you had to do this before?
    Not on actions, but on other things.
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    Unread 12-13-2009, 09:30 PM
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    Re: Stripped Scope Mount screws

    Thanks for the advice JE. That sounds like a good plan.

    I appeciate both JE and Nomad Pilot's responses.

    I will tackle this tomorrow afternoon
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    Re: Stripped Scope Mount screws

    Another option alluded to by JE... screw extractors.

    http://www.sears.com/shc/s/p_10153_1...crew+extractor

    Good luck - take it slow.
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