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What is the best way to extract the broken bead sight on my shotgun?

Discussion in 'Maintenance & Gunsmithing' started by EliDammit, Nov 1, 2013.

  1. EliDammit

    EliDammit Seattle New Member

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    The bead sight on my H&R Pardner Protector(I know the easiest fix would have been to just buy an American made shotgun) snapped off. Can anyone tell me the best way to get it out without having to drill and tap it? I can't afford professional or even semi competent gun smithing right now so I've gotta DIY it.
     
  2. PX4WA

    PX4WA Tacoma, WA Active Member

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    That screw is so small there is no other way...
     
  3. jbett98

    jbett98 NW Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    I have been in the same boat.
    I made my own "easy out" using a small flat jewelers file handle to extract the brass threads.
    The hardest part was drilling the hole dead center in the remaining threads. I used a dremel tool because it was easier to hold and I could adjust the rpm's to a very slow rate, plus it held a very small drill bit.
    Make sure you soak the threads in Kroil overnight, plus heat up the surrounding steel barrel some to help break the threads loose.
    The square shank of the file when tapped down into the drilled out brass will grab the remaining threads and rotate them out.
     
  4. gunfreak

    gunfreak Boise Well-Known Member

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    I had a rifle sight screw that broke. The way I got it out was to get it as flat as you can with a file or whatever and get a reverse drill bit from the hardware store. The bit should be 3/4 to 1/2 the size of the piece being taken out. Slowly drill it out.
     
  5. rick benjamin

    rick benjamin USA, Or, Damascus Secure the drama Silver Supporter 2016 Volunteer

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  6. parallax

    parallax eugene, or-gun Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    I am going to assume whats left of the sight is made out of brass,,,,you can take a very small sharp,,pointed file or very small knife blade,, and start cutting whats left of the sight ""without damaging the barrel if you are careful""..start cutting a flat tip screwdriver slot in the top of whats left of the screw,, take your time, when it appears that you have a good slot etched into the top of it,, spray a little kroll or wd-40 on it.. heat it up with a butane torch a little,, then let it cool down some,forcing the oil into the threads,, then gently try to screw it out,with a very small jewelers screwdrive or equivalent., take your time and be gentle, patience and finesse are your friends...:D
     
  7. Liberty97045

    Liberty97045 Oregon City Well-Known Member

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    Get a left handed drill bit. They drill in the counter clockwise direction and are designed to remove screws. I have a set of easy outs that have them and most of the time the easy out is not needed because the screw came out with the drill. I would put some heat on it first to ensure that any lock tite bond is broken. It will be important to be centered so a fine center punch may be in order.
    1/16" left handed bit

    This is the smallest one that mcmaster has but maybe someone makes a smaller one.
     
  8. PX4WA

    PX4WA Tacoma, WA Active Member

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  9. Ben Beckerich

    Ben Beckerich NW Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    Sounds like it's time to upgrade to that set of tactical sights you been wanting for so long
     
  10. Velzey

    Velzey Estacada, Oregon Gunsmith Gunsmith Bronze Vendor Bronze Supporter

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    Eli, if you have a box the barrel will fit in you can send it to me and I will do it for you for free!

    Takes me less than five minutes on my mill to drill the old one out and put a new bead of your choice on.

    Just send me a PM if your interested!