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Need referral: gunsmith for tapping barrel screw threads (broken bolt)

Discussion in 'Maintenance & Gunsmithing' started by equivet, Mar 21, 2014.

  1. equivet

    equivet Carlton, OR Member

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    I have a Sako Finnfire 94 (pre-quad). When I was retightening the bolts that keep the barrel secure one broke off about halfway in. Tried left handed bits, extractors, all the usual stuff and it wouldn't budge. Was able to drill through, hoping I could collapse it, but no luck. At this point it is probably going to need to be drilled out and re-tapped and I would rather hand it off to someone else. Recommendations for the greater portland area would be greatly appreciated.

    Mike
     
  2. equivet

    equivet Carlton, OR Member

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    Nevermind, got it out this am!
     
  3. Grizzly_A

    Grizzly_A Portland Metro Area Member

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    Congrats on getting it out! What did you end up doing to get the bolt out?
     
  4. equivet

    equivet Carlton, OR Member

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    1. Slept on it before I went crazy and really f'd it up. :)

    2. In the morning I widened to hole through the bolt with a drill bit then used the biggest extractor bit that would fit in without touching the theads and slooowly twisted the tap handle until it broke loose. Threads all the way through are okay!

    I think the biggest help was step 1. Just letting the frustration pass before trying again kept me from rushing things.