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Unread 03-12-2014, 01:11 PM
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Trimming guard screws?

I recently purchased a Bell and Carlson Alaskan II stock for a Rem 700 BDL SS .300 RUM. The factory guard screws are too short and so I called B and C and they sent me longer screws.

These screws are way too long and need to be fitted. What's the best way to trim and fit these screws? I've conducted a search on this forum, but if I have to go out and spend a ton of money on tools, I might as well pay a gunsmith to do the job. I have basic tools and would like to do it myself if possible.

Any input is appreciated. Thanks.
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    Unread 03-12-2014, 02:43 PM
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    Re: Trimming guard screws?

    I use a dremmel with cut off wheel and a small file.
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    Unread 03-12-2014, 03:28 PM
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    Re: Trimming guard screws?

    A simple belt sander does great at shortening screws and then restoring a slight chamfer for a lead in. I've also used a hacksaw and cleaned it up with a file.

    You can also just order screws from McMaster Carr that are the correct length.
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    Unread 03-12-2014, 03:53 PM
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    Re: Trimming guard screws?

    Thanks MTBULLET and Browninglover1. I'll probably try it myself and if I don't end up with a nice job, then purchase the correct size screws.
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    Unread 03-13-2014, 12:08 PM
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    Re: Trimming guard screws?

    I second the belt or disk sander. If you live nearby I will do it for you. N/C Takes about 20 minutes to do both. A LRH benefit.
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    Re: Trimming guard screws?

    A dremel with the metal cutting disc will make a quick clean cut for you on them as long as you have them held in a vise. Before I got my newest dremel I used my bench grinder on the last set I had.
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    Unread 03-13-2014, 12:30 PM
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    Re: Trimming guard screws?

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    Originally Posted by Hired Gun View Post
    I second the belt or disk sander. If you live nearby I will do it for you. N/C Takes about 20 minutes to do both. A LRH benefit.
    Shawn
    Thanks Shawn, that's a generous offer and I appreciate it. Unfortunately I don't live close (Salem). I have a disc sander and vise, so possibly I'll try that method.
    Kevin
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