Siezed optilock bases

palmer_mike

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Problem with my optilock mounts!
noticed while out this evening that the screws attaching the rings to bases are loose. Stopped stalking and went home to tighten the offending screws.

i can't get the fecking bases off the action as the screws securing these have seized!!!!!!
as a consequence I've buggered up the torx keys trying to undo the screws and now don't know what to do. Any hints gratefully received although I suspect it's a case of getting a gunsmith to get the bases of somehow.
 

shakey jake

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Soak the threads as sugested. You may be able to find an allen key in .5mm larger than the torx now youve rounded the hole. good luck
Jake
 

Ferryman

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If you want to apply heat to the screws use a soldering iron as the heat is very localised
I have used one on screws that had been loctited in.
 

pinkfoot1

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If you want to apply heat to the screws use a soldering iron as the heat is very localised
I have used one on screws that had been loctited in.
Agreed, also, rather than immediately trying to unscrew the fixings try giving them a clockwise turn, this will usually break the bond and as another member suggested, try a slightly bigger hex key, even tapping it into the damaged socket with a light hammer, the impact from which will also help to break the bond.
 

adrian0100

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Try a squirt of plus gas I have found anything that will beat it yet also you could try alittle heat if you think they have a thread lock agent on them

all the best adrian
 

ejg

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I'd neatly drill out the screw heads, remove the optilocks and use them as fishing weights or straight in the bin.
edi
 

Ranger22

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Some heat and a slightly bigger torx key, last time I used the wifes hair drier as a heat source.
 

palmer_mike

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Thanks for all the tips. All sorted now!
I took the rifle into my local gunshop as they've God a proper set of torx screwdrivers and gun vice etc.
eventually needed up tapping the base backwards off the dovetail (surprisingly it slid off ok) with a toffee hammer and block! Just ordered myself a replacement set of bolts and should be good to go!
 

paul o'

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all good I used fat wrench and shocked mine off tight then in-tight but damaged the heads as they are soft , now message to self get the correct drivers and a fat wrench :tiphat:lol.
 

bobjs

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pm,

just for the future ref, get some criol it's a great oil for the gunroom, since i got some i have never been without it fandabbydozzy stuff.

bob
 

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