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Posted: 10/20/2004 10:22:34 PM EST
I don't have one of those handy multi tool devices. What size screwdriver should I buy from the local hardware store to safely remove this screw with the least chance of stripping it?

Or is my best bet to buy one of those multi tools made by DPMS? Speaking of which, does anyone know what size screwdriver the DPMS tool comes with?
Link Posted: 10/20/2004 10:50:04 PM EST
a big one. seriously, i went out and bought a BIG screwdriver. they're not expensive so why pay out for some fancy armor tool or whatever.
Link Posted: 10/20/2004 11:08:15 PM EST
I hear ya there. I don't feel like shelling out 35 bucks for a DPMS tool.

Any idea what size or spec your screwdriver is that works? Is it big enough to fill the entire length of the socket?
Link Posted: 10/20/2004 11:20:18 PM EST
Craftsman 3/8 # 41852 Q WF. that's what's written on it anyway. it's about 13inches long including the handle. more thrusts per squeeze!
Link Posted: 10/20/2004 11:39:33 PM EST
even with the large husky driver i have my buttstock screw wouldnt budge. i think i'm going to need someone else to hold the rifle for me so i can put 2 hands into it.
Link Posted: 10/21/2004 12:06:20 AM EST

Originally Posted By eWRXshun:
even with the large husky driver i have my buttstock screw wouldnt budge. i think i'm going to need someone else to hold the rifle for me so i can put 2 hands into it.



it might have loc-tite on it. it's a factory rifle right?
Link Posted: 10/21/2004 12:53:09 AM EST
Mine is a factory Bushmaster. I'll probably have the same problems... :(
Link Posted: 10/21/2004 1:22:41 AM EST
just crank on it. the loc tite isn't permanent.
Link Posted: 10/21/2004 2:39:41 AM EST
If it is red loctite, it might as well be permanent until you break something. I use red loctite for stuff that I'll never ever want coming loose and never ever want to remove unless absolutely necessary.
Link Posted: 10/21/2004 3:22:42 AM EST
[Last Edit: 10/21/2004 7:30:19 AM EST by Aimless]
Link Posted: 10/21/2004 3:29:45 AM EST
A very big one. A larger regular screwdriver will work but you should use a 'gunsmith' screwdriver as it won't tear up the edges of the screw heads. You can get a gunsmith set from Wal Mart for less than $15 which includes a bunch of bits.
Link Posted: 10/21/2004 3:38:53 AM EST
+1 on a VERY big screw driver. Maybe a replacement screw in case you tear the crap out of your old one like I did. My Bushy A2 stock was a pain in the ass to remove.
Link Posted: 10/21/2004 7:05:06 AM EST
Without answering the question (as I don't have my A2 handy) strong recommendation for the Brownell's Magna-Tip super set. Gunsmithing screwdrivers with two handles and 60 odd bits, you can find the correct width and thickness for every screw.,

I realize an A2 buttstock screw is not the same as dissembling your Rizzini shotgun, but it's a really nice tool set to have. Too much? Get a C&R license for a discount, or drop hints to your wife/gf /pop..

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Link Posted: 10/21/2004 7:29:14 AM EST
Link Posted: 10/21/2004 7:52:20 AM EST
do the hex screws have the vent hole in them too?
Link Posted: 10/21/2004 8:36:04 AM EST
From what I heard in threads like this, I thought it would be hell to get my Bushmaster factory installed buttstock screw out. Turns out it came out easy as pie. I just used the biggest screwdriver I could find around the house.
Link Posted: 10/21/2004 9:08:16 AM EST

Originally Posted By metroplex:
If it is red loctite, it might as well be permanent until you break something. I use red loctite for stuff that I'll never ever want coming loose and never ever want to remove unless absolutely necessary.



Using Red Loctite anywhere on an AR-15 seems like a Real Bad Idea. I can't think of any part that I would want to permanently install. Blue Loctite ought to do the trick just fine if you really feel the need. Just use your big ass screwdriver (I'll second the vote for the Craftsman 3/8" blade), sack up, and crank that mother down. Same goes for taking it off. If you find you can't hang on to the screwdriver tight enought to get it loose, jerk off for a few weeks until you build up your grip.
Link Posted: 10/21/2004 9:14:17 AM EST

Originally Posted By JimGA:
Mine is a factory Bushmaster. I'll probably have the same problems... :(

mine was a factory Bushie and did have loctite, but you can still get it out, just put some muscle in it!
Link Posted: 10/21/2004 9:14:33 AM EST

Originally Posted By JimGA:
I hear ya there. I don't feel like shelling out 35 bucks for a DPMS tool.


Yeah it's not like it also removes barrel nuts, receiver extensions, castle nuts and flash supressors as well....

Oh wait...
Link Posted: 10/21/2004 9:19:05 AM EST
Link Posted: 10/21/2004 9:32:41 AM EST

Originally Posted By brouhaha:
Yeah, but so does Tannerite.

And it's more fun!



I gotta attend the Brouhaha School of Gunsmithery and Explosives! Definately sounds more than using a wrench>
Link Posted: 10/21/2004 9:42:13 AM EST
Link Posted: 10/21/2004 9:56:30 AM EST
[Last Edit: 10/21/2004 9:57:25 AM EST by thepappymancan]

Originally Posted By shortcycle:
If you find you can't hang on to the screwdriver tight enought to get it loose, jerk off for a few weeks until you build up your grip.hr


ROFL. That's funny stuff right there. Something about jerking-off, butts, and "screw" in this thread just doesn't seem right.


Anyhoo, I couldn't get a good enough grip on my big-ass Craftsman screwdriver to get my Bushmaster buttstock screw out. I put the end of a steel file in the slot and used an adjustable wrench for leverage. There was a loud SNAP as I broke the Loctite's grip. Nothing else broke, though.


(Edited for grammar)
Link Posted: 10/21/2004 9:59:57 AM EST
Get one of the big Craftsman Professional screwdrivers...they have a great handle on them to allow you to apply a lot of force, and are very well made. I use one on my Harley all the time to get the air cleaner off to clean it...
Link Posted: 10/21/2004 10:23:42 AM EST

Originally Posted By squeezecockerp7m8:
Get one of the big Craftsman Professional screwdrivers...they have a great handle on them to allow you to apply a lot of force, and are very well made. I use one on my Harley all the time to get the air cleaner off to clean it...



So give us the Sears / Craftsman part number already!
Link Posted: 10/21/2004 10:34:33 AM EST
while we are talking about tools i have one that comes in handy when working on guns. A magnet tray to ensure you dont loose your pins, springs, screws and what not
Link Posted: 10/21/2004 10:38:44 AM EST
[Last Edit: 10/21/2004 10:40:30 AM EST by squeezecockerp7m8]

Originally Posted By Lancelot:

Originally Posted By squeezecockerp7m8:
Get one of the big Craftsman Professional screwdrivers...they have a great handle on them to allow you to apply a lot of force, and are very well made. I use one on my Harley all the time to get the air cleaner off to clean it...



So give us the Sears / Craftsman part number already!



47449 for the x large 3/8 x 8 slotted Professional screwdriver. My catalog lists it as 8.99...
Link Posted: 10/21/2004 3:20:52 PM EST
SUCCESS!!!

I just want to thank all who have helped with input and advice. I invested in a huge flathead 3/8" and my A2 screw came off easily.

My carbine now wears a RRA 6-pos, and is just that much more evil!
Link Posted: 10/21/2004 3:25:58 PM EST
Get it from MidwayUsA for a whole lot less; about $25.
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