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    Quote Originally Posted by gunscrewguy View Post
    According to Henkel's website soaking with MEK will dissolve red Loctite. It may take reapplications and time for it to seep in. I would remove the wood from the gun to protect it's finish.

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    Guys put me right across the pond what is MEK please.GH

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gareth Holland View Post
    Guys put me right across the pond what is MEK please.GH
    Methyl Ethyl Ketone. A strong solvent.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sulaco View Post
    Yeah that's my last resort if nothing else works. I also have an impact driver, I guess I could try that with a new Torx bit if heat doesn't work.
    It sounds like the previous owner used either red loctite or some kind of glue on those screws. BTW scope ring screws do not need to be cinched down super tite---all that is needed is to evenly snug them down. Many people over torque scope ring screws : If there is no gap between the rings where the screws are then it is too tight. If you heat it up and apply the penetrating oil when it is hot the oil will slip in better then try to remove the crew while it is still warm. I once had to remove a scope mount from a Mini 14 where the previous owner used epoxy glue on all screws and the mount too. What a mess that was to get off.

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    Funny thing. Half the people I know will put Loc-tite on ring/base screws to make sure they don't come out, and the other half will put Never-Seize to make sure they DO come out when required!

    I tend to put Loc-tite on the base screws, and nothing (just clean them well) on ring screws.

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    Thread locks come in grades, use medium strength. Also, I have recently been made aware of a reverse thread bit, for getting stuck screws out. I think you drill a little hole or open up whats there and reverse screw, ie your turning anti clockwise but the head digs in and gets a grip..... Never used one but I understand they are good...


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    Thanks all. I actually think I am going to sell/trade this one (have a deal pending). I just don't have the time to put into it right now. Too many other pokers in the fire!
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    For those that don't want the solvent MEK in the shop, and don't want a flame torch near a good gun - try this: heat up the screw head with an electric soldering guns tip.

    It concentrates the heat where you need it.

    When the threadlocker loosens after 10 seconds, the screws can be turned out easily.
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