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Posted: 9/15/2010 10:18:59 AM EDT
Stripped a scope ring screw (ripped the head off) over torquing. Is drilling the best way to remove it, and if so what kind of bit to use?
Link Posted: 9/15/2010 10:21:20 AM EDT
use a small centerdrill to start a hole then hit it with a little larger bit. insert eazy out, back out busted piece and there ya have it..

you can always hit it with a soldering iron for a bit to break up teh loctite if you have applied any..
Link Posted: 9/15/2010 10:22:30 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 9/15/2010 10:23:39 AM EDT by Tomato_Thrower]

Originally Posted By Fat_McNasty:
use a small centerdrill to start a hole then hit it with a little larger bit. insert eazy out, back out busted piece and there ya have it..

you can always hit it with a soldering iron for a bit to break up teh loctite if you have applied any..

I've never drilled metal, esp. hard screw metal...what kind of bits do I use? also...what is eazy out?
Link Posted: 9/15/2010 10:24:09 AM EDT
Link Posted: 9/15/2010 10:25:12 AM EDT
If there isn't anything protruding to grab try using a scribe or o-ring pick to see if you can rotate it out. If it's stuck tight, then drilling it out will be the best option. Mind you, this should be done in a mill or a drill press with the part held in a vise. It's not something you want to do by hand.
Link Posted: 9/15/2010 10:25:12 AM EDT
Originally Posted By Tomato_Thrower:

Originally Posted By Fat_McNasty:
use a small centerdrill to start a hole then hit it with a little larger bit. insert eazy out, back out busted piece and there ya have it..

you can always hit it with a soldering iron for a bit to break up teh loctite if you have applied any..

I've never drilled metal, esp. hard screw metal...what kind of bits do I use? also...what is eazy out?


ok if thats the case.. take it to a gunsmith..
Link Posted: 9/15/2010 10:26:22 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 9/15/2010 10:26:36 AM EDT by CS223]

Originally Posted By Tomato_Thrower:

I've never drilled metal, esp. hard screw metal...what kind of bits do I use? also...what is eazy out?

Uhh, given that bit of info it would best for you to find someone qualified to do it for you.
Link Posted: 9/15/2010 10:27:11 AM EDT
Originally Posted By buckfever34:
Just drill it so the head of the screw is gone. Then, remove the ring cap and you should be able to access the broken end of screw with a pliers.


This is what I'd do.

You could also try using a dremel cut-off wheel to put a notch in the top of the screw, and use a flat-head screwdriver to back it out. However, the potential buggering things up is much higher with the Dremel.
Link Posted: 9/15/2010 10:34:00 AM EDT
I wasn't clear...i ripped the head of the screw off, so just the stem is remaining in the socket, and it is below flush with the top of the hole. There isn't anything to grab.
Link Posted: 9/15/2010 10:35:48 AM EDT
Originally Posted By AR4U:
Originally Posted By buckfever34:
Just drill it so the head of the screw is gone. Then, remove the ring cap and you should be able to access the broken end of screw with a pliers.


This is what I'd do.

You could also try using a dremel cut-off wheel to put a notch in the top of the screw, and use a flat-head screwdriver to back it out. However, the potential buggering things up is much higher with the Dremel.


You guys beat me to it. If you do dremel, cover the receiver with a few layers of electrical tape just in case. It will protect from a slip, but not a full scale screw up
Link Posted: 9/15/2010 10:37:24 AM EDT
If the rings arent expensive - it will cost more in tools, bloddy fingers, gunsmith fees, and end up with a damaged ring..... than just to replace them.
Link Posted: 9/15/2010 11:15:10 AM EDT

Originally Posted By FALARAK:
If the rings arent expensive - it will cost more in tools, bloddy fingers, gunsmith fees, and end up with a damaged ring..... than just to replace them.

Les Baer high rise ring...I'd rather have a go at it than buy a new one. I don't have a drill press, so I need a gameplan with
hand tools.
Link Posted: 9/15/2010 11:18:37 AM EDT
You aren't going to be successful. Sorry. Drilling out a busted screw is tricky for someone who knows what they are doing.
Get someone to do it for you.
Link Posted: 9/15/2010 11:20:42 AM EDT
Originally Posted By Tomato_Thrower:

Originally Posted By FALARAK:
If the rings arent expensive - it will cost more in tools, bloddy fingers, gunsmith fees, and end up with a damaged ring..... than just to replace them.

Les Baer high rise ring...I'd rather have a go at it than buy a new one. I don't have a drill press, so I need a gameplan with
hand tools.


CAREFULLY use the dremel option, or use a hand file to dress down the screw head until you can pull the ring off and get at the screw with pliers.
Link Posted: 9/15/2010 11:29:37 AM EDT
A ring screw is too small of a diameter to have much success, without a clamped vise, drill press, and a small high speed left-handed drill bit.

You will more than likely damage the threads by using any drill or dremel by hand. What you pray for, is the ability to run a smaller diameter left handed drill bit, in the center (this takes a lot of skill and the equipment noted above) and before you get very far - the screw post spins out.
Link Posted: 9/15/2010 11:32:05 AM EDT
Originally Posted By FALARAK:
A ring screw is too small of a diameter to have much success, without a clamped vise, drill press, and a small high speed left-handed drill bit.

You will more than likely damage the threads by using any drill or dremel by hand. What you pray for, is the ability to run a smaller diameter left handed drill bit, in the center (this takes a lot of skill and the equipment noted above) and before you get very far - the screw post spins out.

TLDR.. take it to a smith.


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