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    Trouble Removing Scope Ring Screws

    I recently bought a 1968 Marlin 336 Texan in 30-30 and am beginning to get things together to strip it down completely, clean up the bluing, and refinish the wood.

    The first step is removing the old (possibly been on since the gun was new or close to it from the looks of things) see-through rings and Tasco 4x scope. The ring screws are Torx head and I tried removing them but they are on there super, super tight. I stripped out a bit before deciding to soak them in PB Blaster.

    Before I try again, any tips on removing them? I believe the rings are aluminum but the screws probably have years of grime and possibly some thread locker on them.

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    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.

    AC
    Last edited by gunscrewguy; 08-27-2018 at 12:03 PM. Reason: visited Henkel's site, heat not a good idea
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    That or get out your fine drill bits and start drilling them out!
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    Good to know thanks. I assume a heat gun will get that hot? I don't care much about the scope, but will that amount of heat mess it up potentially? Also, given your name, do you sell gun screws or something? If so I am looking for the 4-48 and 6-48 (I think that's right) top scope mount filler screws for this rifle and for a 1957 Marlin 39A. Feel free to PM or email me if so.

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    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.
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    "you recently bought a 1968 Marlin336." I`m thinking the previous owner, used some sort of agent (super glue,etc) to make sure the screws would not come loose.

    Your first clue should have been when you bunged up one or more. After you`ve tried everything you can think of......... Torch.

    " You don`t care much about the scope."..... Do what you have to do. Torch.
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    I would try a torch type cigarette (crack pipe) lighter. The flame is small and pinpointed enough that you wont have to bake the whole ring. If the scope has been on there that long, I doubt red loctite was used, but who knows what's in those threads. Use a driver with a long handle for additional torque. Also, are you sure they are torx screws? I believe hex was pretty standard back then.

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    I would just drill the heads off them.
    Lock the gun down tight in some way first...gun vice or what have you.
    Nobody wants them blame see thru's anyway, LOL.
    Don't bother with all the fuss of trying this and that.
    Drilling those heads off is simple and fast.
    I've done it a lot over the years.
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    Well, as fate would have it, I just bought a clone of this one so I'm selling this one! Thanks all for the info!
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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.

    AC
    Not doubting you on MEK; great stuff. I have softened and removed red loctite from a tool box tray using repeated applications of denatured alcohol. It ended up the consistency of wax, and the alcohol drew the "red" out of it(?). It took a few applications, but might be a little safer on the bluing. Not sure about MEK and bluing, but yeah, it'll wipe the finish on that stock right off, whether you want to or not.
    I ain't askin' nobody for nuthin', if I can't get it on my own.


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