Trimming guard screws?

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  1. 300 Rem

    300 Rem Member

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    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.
     
  2. MTBULLET

    MTBULLET Well-Known Member

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    I use a dremmel with cut off wheel and a small file.
     

  3. Browninglover1

    Browninglover1 Well-Known Member

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    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.
     
  4. 300 Rem

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    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.
     
  5. Hired Gun

    Hired Gun Well-Known Member

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    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
     
  6. Hunter2678

    Hunter2678 Well-Known Member

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    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.
     
  7. 300 Rem

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    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
     
  8. 300 Rem

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    Thanks for the advice. This sounds like a viable option.
     
  9. Hired Gun

    Hired Gun Well-Known Member

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    Awe well. Maybe next time. Just take your time and sneak up on it. I like to fit them where they are perfectly flush for 100% thread engagement.
     
  10. 300 Rem

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    That's what I'd like to do, get them flush with full thread engagement. Thanks for the tips, I'll be sure and take my time!