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    Stuck “screw” Saga

    Well I took the advice to try a impact screw remover and it didn’t budge the screw actually snapped the screw driver bit off!!! So ive got two choices leave the darn thing alone or take it to a Competent gunsmith to remove it... I think for right now I’m gonna leave it alone...
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    which screw is stuck?
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    Hmmmmmmmmm!

    Soak! Soak! Soak! I can't stress it enough! I never seen a bit break for a impact driver.

    Pictures of screw and driver.

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    Kroll is your friend when it comes to stuck screws, soak it for a while. Like cajun, I never broke a impact driver bit on a screw.
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    Kroil or marvels Mystery oil, either will work but might have to let soak a bit.
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    A trick I use on stuck screws is to take a brass punch the size of the head on the screw and strike it with a hammer a couple of times.
    of course you want to place the punch on the head of the screw first.

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    Wow! I have never broken one on a gun screw - though I have broken a couple bits.
    Maybe time for a gunsmith....

    Sounds like an indication of one or more things:
    1. Some sort of thread locker or glue was used on the screw. Heat breaks these down and makes them removable. Loctite takes around 250F. Superglue takes about 400F to break loose. A quality soldering iron on the threaded end of the screw will heat it up without making a mess.

    For example - loading gate screws are usually loctited in place because a loose loading gate will jam up a Marlin like crazy.

    2. The carrier screw is bent and is binding in the carrier. You would probably notice this with a sticky or cranky carrier...

    3. The screw is cross threaded or galled into it's hole. It happens with small gunsmith screws. People force them in rather than making sure they go in nicely.

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    I never use a impact driver on a gun. When screw won't come out under normal pressure with screw driver it's time to change tatics. Assuming you are using the right screw driver, give the screw driver a solid strike with hammer. Not a bunch of pecks, a solid whack.
    If this doesn't work go to penetrating fluids, let it soak and repeat screw driver steps. Last I go to heat. I grind a cheap screw driver to fit screw and heat screw driver shank with torch while in screw. This transfers heat fast and soon as you take heat away squirt with a penetrating fluid. This works on rust or thread compounds. The main thing is to not ruin screw slot or it will put you in a drill out job. If you have a drill press you can use the leverage of chucked bit to keep it in the slot and turn the Chuck by hand.
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    That screw is likely cross-threaded.
    If the gun works like it is I'd be inclined to leave it alone.
    If you feel you have to get it apart, my suggestion is a trip
    to the gunsmith.
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    I do not know if this will help but I had a screw that wouldn't come loose. Trying to get it loose I even broke a bit on my screwdriver. It was on a Remlin that had some type of gorilla thread locker. I kept heating the screw with a soldering iron letting it cool and using penetrating oil, about the 10th time it finally loosened. I think if it is rust or loctite this could work for you.
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