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Thread: Can't get your moderator apart?

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    Can't get your moderator apart?

    Top tip for anyone with an A-TEC Maxim or any other modular type of moderator who finds they can't separate the individual elements for cleaning just using their hands to grip it.

    Find an offcut of 1" thick plywood and cut two pieces about 6"x3". Get a suitable sized hole saw and put a hole (1 3/4" for my Maxim, 1 1/2" for the CMM) at one end on both and then make a 'V' shaped cut from the other end up to the hole.

    This will allow you to get extra purchase on the moderator and use a bit of leverage to assist in undoing it.

    If this doesn't work then next stage is to clamp one piece in a vice and then use an 8" or 10" G clamp on the other piece - you don't need a lot of compression force, just enough to stop the wood turning, but the extra leverage the clamp gives will get most seized moderators apart.

    I also have a pair of these for A-TEC CMM moderators as they are steel and are prone to rust especially if used in humid or wet conditions... even when given a blast of WD40 after being used.


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    Not sure if it's me but I can't open your picture?

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    Or you could fire 2 shots through it to warm it up and unscrew it then apply grease to the threads of each section then you wont have any trouble in future !

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    Or use a hair dryer to heat up the moderator then try unscrewing with rubber gloves on for more grip.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Apache View Post
    I have two for an Atec moderator I used to have.
    They now sit in the tool box doing nothing, mainly because I would never again own a strippable moderator.

    Neil.

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    small amount of copper grease on the threads sort it out for you, leave on radiator for half hour then separate

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    Whats wrong with using just a strap wrench? Putting thin alloy in a vice and using a g-cramp sound like a recipe for disaster to be honest.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hornet 6 View Post
    I have two for an Atec moderator I used to have.
    They now sit in the tool box doing nothing, mainly because I would never again own a strippable moderator.

    Neil.
    I would appreciate knowing the reasons why you will not have another strippable moderator. I have a T8 on the 30-06 and a T4 on the .243 and keep them well oiled however I was thinking of getting something lighter. I don't want to make an avoidable mistake.

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    Quote Originally Posted by aliS View Post
    Whats wrong with using just a strap wrench? Putting thin alloy in a vice and using a g-cramp sound like a recipe for disaster to be honest.

    Exactly what I use don't matter what grease I use there is always at least 1 stubborn baffle

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