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  • How to get fucked screw out of red dot

    Posted by Jessica on June 23, 2022 at 3:29 pm

    So I have an Aimpoint T2 on a larue QD mount that I kinda…fucked the screw head on. Like none ofy torx heads will get bite anymore to loosen it up. How can I get that screw out without damaging the aimpoint? I wanna get a different mount (1.93) from scalarworks but idk how to get the thing out without tearing shit up.

    Jessica replied 1 week, 3 days ago 2 Members · 12 Replies
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  • rahbahboston

    Guest
    June 23, 2022 at 3:29 pm

    I haven’t had luck with ez outs / screw extractors on those tiny screws. Drill the head off the screw, remove the red dot. Grab the threads with some vice grips and remove the rest of the screw.

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    Unfortunately, for me, I’ve had to do that 2x now.

  • Ranger_Sequoia1

    Guest
    June 23, 2022 at 3:29 pm

    Sometimes the screw isn’t stripped all the way, you can try tapping the bit into the head with a hammer. If that doesn’t work I would take a rubber glove and put one layer of it over the bit and try that. I’ve personally never had luck with EZ outs. If the screw is not recessed you can take a grinder or Dremel and cut a slot and use a flat head.

  • NYC1829

    Guest
    June 23, 2022 at 3:29 pm

    Did you strip the screw to the point that it’s just a smooth circle?

  • CoolCrab69

    Guest
    June 23, 2022 at 3:29 pm

    A simple stripped screw might also be something covered under warranty. Might be able to just ship it out.

  • Sgt_S_Laughter

    Guest
    June 23, 2022 at 3:29 pm

    Screw extractor/EzOut set. If you’re in the habit of boogering screws often, go for the Topec set. They can be a pain in the ass to use, though

  • johnmomdoe

    Guest
    June 23, 2022 at 3:29 pm

    I’ve done this before. If there is still some of the head left, I use a small dremel blade (a worn down one) to cut a flathead into it and then remove it with a flathead screwdriver or drill bit.

  • Error400BadRequest

    Guest
    June 23, 2022 at 3:29 pm

    Drill just enough to take the screw head off, remove your optic, remove the remainder of the screw with locking pliers.

    In the future, torque your gear to spec and no further, and if you *must* use threadlocker, use the Purple Loctite (#222 on the bottle). Blue Loctite is intended for beefier fasteners with threads 1/4″ and up. Anything smaller than that should see purple, as a screw can shear before the breaking torque of the blue Loctite is reached when applied in ideal conditions. Purple loctite has a lower breaking torque to avoid the issue on small fasteners.

  • Tactifud

    Guest
    June 23, 2022 at 3:29 pm

    Last time something like this happened I drilled.

  • GeriatricTuna

    Guest
    June 23, 2022 at 3:29 pm

    sometimes putting a rubber band in there gets you enough torque.

    Sometimes dremeling out a slot for a flathead works.

  • 0give

    Guest
    June 23, 2022 at 3:29 pm

    Yeah, I think your best bet is to drill the screw head off. They make those types of screws real soft to prevent over torque, so a normal bit should work just fine. I just finished doing this on a Magnetospeed chronograph.

  • Baconbitz92

    Guest
    June 23, 2022 at 3:29 pm

    Tap and die my friend – just be careful and tape the sight up so no scratches occur – this would be my advice

  • dave_stohler

    Guest
    June 23, 2022 at 3:29 pm

    Google or YouTube ’ez out’ or ‘easy out’. It’s the correct tool for that situation.

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