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    I picked up a used Leupold scope that had a set of Sako rings on it. One of the screws on one ring had a badly messed up slot and couldn't be removed by ordinary means. The person that sold me the scope said I would have to drill it out.

    What worked great and only took a few minuted was cutting through the screw in the slot between the uppper and lower rings with an Exacto razor saw. I was carefull not to touch the scope and got the screw out without damaging the scope or the rings in a only a couple of minutes. Much faster and easier than drilling could ever be.

    A very usefull trick to know if you ever run into the same situation and there is a thin gap between the two upper and lower ring halves as is common.
    Living the urban lifestyle so I can pay my way and for my family's needs, and support my country. And you?
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    Originally posted by tvfinak View Post
    I picked up a used Leupold scope that had a set of Sako rings on it. One of the screws on one ring had a badly messed up slot and couldn't be removed by ordinary means. The person that sold me the scope said I would have to drill it out.

    What worked great and only took a few minuted was cutting through the screw in the slot between the uppper and lower rings with an Exacto razor saw. I was carefull not to touch the scope and got the screw out without damaging the scope or the rings in a only a couple of minutes. Much faster and easier than drilling could ever be.

    A very usefull trick to know if you ever run into the same situation and there is a thin gap between the two upper and lower ring halves as is common.
    How did you get the stub of screw out of the lower ring half, since you cut it off more or less flush?

    By drilling just enough to get past the screw head without touching the ring, you leave behind a fairly long screw shank that's dead easy to grab for backing out.
    "Lay in the weeds and wait, and when you get your chance to say something, say something good."
    Merle Haggard

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    • #3
      I cut the screw flush with the top ring so there was small stub protruding out of the bottom ring. It was easy to turn out with a small set of pliers. Once the tension was off the threaed portion unscrewed very easily.

      If the screw had been rusted in place drilling the head off would have been a better choice since as you state there would have been a longer strub to work with.


      Originally posted by BrownBear View Post
      How did you get the stub of screw out of the lower ring half, since you cut it off more or less flush?

      By drilling just enough to get past the screw head without touching the ring, you leave behind a fairly long screw shank that's dead easy to grab for backing out.
      Living the urban lifestyle so I can pay my way and for my family's needs, and support my country. And you?
      ".. ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country" JFK

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      • #4
        nice little trick to know about, thanks.

        Often I find scope ring or mount screws that have been installed with permanent lock-tite, and these are prone to stripping out if you dont first heat the screw with a soldering iron to break the bond on the lock-tite.
        “You’ve gotten soft. You’re like one of those police dogs who’s released in to the wild and gets eaten by a deer or something.” Bill McNeal of News Radio

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        • #5
          Heat also

          Nice job TV, I am sure your first concern was the scope. Like Alan I have used heat but used a screw driver and heated the shank with a propane torch. This way I could apply turning pressure and heat at the same time. Obviously you could not as the head was messed up so you did the next best option. Keep those KINK's coming, Mark

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