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Posted: 1/22/2006 5:07:24 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 1/22/2006 5:12:18 PM EDT by Samiam236]
I can't seem to loosen the cap (castle nut) that holds the buffer tube on my Colt M4......Do they use Loctite? I have the proper wrench to do this, but it wont budge.

Any help would be appreciated!
Link Posted: 1/22/2006 5:09:07 PM EDT
It might be staked.
Link Posted: 1/22/2006 5:12:51 PM EDT
Staked?
Link Posted: 1/22/2006 7:48:55 PM EDT
Anyone?
Link Posted: 1/22/2006 7:56:18 PM EDT
How have you been trying to remove it? With a standard 1 tooth CAR-wrench? I busted mine trying to remove it off my factory 6-position bushmaster. I then bought a 3 tooth wrench and heated up the reciever for a while, and it finally came off. Just needed some serious leverage.
Link Posted: 1/23/2006 6:59:49 AM EDT
No............I have the proper 3 tooth wrench.

It looks like it has been permanently attached. The 'teeth' of the castle nut appear to be joined with the teardrop thingy.
Link Posted: 1/23/2006 7:02:24 AM EDT
its staked.


Link Posted: 1/23/2006 7:09:35 AM EDT

Originally Posted By eklikwhoa:
its staked.




+1
Link Posted: 1/23/2006 7:23:06 AM EDT
Right on! Staked!

Do I need a gunsmith?
Link Posted: 1/23/2006 7:25:16 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 1/23/2006 8:43:33 AM EDT by Forest]

Originally Posted By Samiam236:
Right on! Staked!

Do I need a gunsmith?



or a Dremel
Link Posted: 1/23/2006 7:50:21 AM EDT

Originally Posted By Samiam236:
Right on! Staked!

Do I need a gunsmith?



I was able to use some good old manpower when I had one that was staked on, but the dremel idea would be a big help with the right bit. If worse comes to worse, you could sell it to me for $10.
Link Posted: 1/23/2006 8:52:02 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 1/23/2006 8:53:00 AM EDT by Samiam236]
Ok...........I figure it out. I had to go in like a dentist with the dremel tool and grind out the 2 areas that were 'staked'.

I don't see why Colt needed to do this. I have never had a nut come loose before. It really made this more of a project that it should have been.

Anyway, if any of you need dental work, I am pretty steady with the Dremel tool!
Link Posted: 1/23/2006 8:53:40 AM EDT

Originally Posted By Samiam236:
I don't see why Colt needed to do this.


To make sure it stays on.


I have never had a nut come loose before.

Maybe you don't treat your ARs as rough as other Colt customers....
Link Posted: 1/23/2006 9:14:05 AM EDT

Originally Posted By Forest:

Originally Posted By Samiam236:
I don't see why Colt needed to do this.


To make sure it stays on.


I have never had a nut come loose before.

Maybe you don't treat your ARs as rough as other Colt customers....



Come on now, I treat mine pretty rough and none of them have ever come loose.

Nice work samian!
Link Posted: 1/23/2006 9:22:24 AM EDT

Originally Posted By steve-oh:
I treat mine pretty rough and none of them have ever come loose.



Somehow I doubt your jumping out of planes, or having it get bounced around in the back of an APC all day. Vibration is a bane to all things screwed in place.
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