How do I to remove a 10/22 front sight?

Discussion in '.22 Rifle/Rimfire Discussion' started by Vincine, Oct 27, 2012.

  1. Vincine

    Vincine New Member

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    Tapping w/a brass punch & hammer? Very funny. Wailing with a sledge hammer? Nada. Use a front sight removal tool? They cost as much as the replacement sight, and I’d only use it once. Magickal incantations? I forgot all of mine. And I don't have a Dremel tool either.

    Anybody have any ideas? I mean ones that they actually used successfully?
     
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  2. hiwall

    hiwall Well-Known Member

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    Put barrel in the vise and tap the sight out to the right.
     

  3. JonM

    JonM Moderator

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    they are in there reallllllly tight. brass punch and a hammer is typically how its done.
     
  4. SSGN_Doc

    SSGN_Doc Well-Known Member

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    Yep brass punch and hammer. If you are worried about marring the sight base you can use layers of masking or duct tape on the side you are striking. After the sight is removed, any brass marks can be removed using a pencil eraser.
     
  5. Vincine

    Vincine New Member

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    I'm not worryied about marking up the sight, I'm worried I can't get the damm think out! If a hammer & punch worked, I wouldn't be asking. I'm gonna try some penetrating oil and see if I can hack a sight removal tool from a small C-clamp.
     
  6. Old_Crow

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    If you are having problems already it's time to take the gun to a gunsmith. Don't take me wrong! When something isn't easy for me I take it to a gunsmith. That is why we have craftsmen. Not everyone is good at everything. If you are eager to learn you won't waste your money. Most gunsmiths will show you where you went wrong.

    I am good at working on car parts on a bench. But at 6'4" 260 lb I am not going to get anything done under a lift. You get the motor or transmission out of the car I can fix it for you but don't think I am going to install it. We all have our calling in life and we all have to find our calling.
     
  7. kycol

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    A lesson I finally learned, my family used to think I could fix anything and everything. They had my convinced, until sometimes my attempts cost more than it should to fix the things I broke trying to fix what was broke. And yes having the proper tools is key. Now if it seems to be out of my area, or life's depend on it I say let's let the pro do it. I almost fixed my daughter furnace once only to find out if it had work I would have killed them with carbon monoxide. No more never again.
     
  8. Turbojet

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    My advice would be to buy the sight tool. I have used the Lyman front sight pusher many times on many different guns since I bought it 10 years ago. You use it for sight adjusting as well as removal. It is the proper tool for the job. Believe me, you will use it more than you think. I think they are about $45. It will push that sight out in 10 seconds. It will also push the new one in for you.
     
  9. Vincine

    Vincine New Member

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    If the penetrating oil and the sight tool hack doesn't work today, tomorrow I'll see if the LGS has a sight tool lying around. They're closed on Sunday.
     
  10. therhino

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    Want some bad advice?
    Cut it out. Back when I didn' tknow much about gunsmiths in the area, I googled and was given the bright (not bright) idea to cut the thing out with a carbide disc. I used a small one (three) on my Dremel to do so. Did it work? Hell yeah. I have a nice set of Tech Sights on my 10/22. Was it a good idea? Hell no. The spot where i slipped and gouged part of the sight band is proof of that.

    I'd go with these folks' recommendation to find a gunsmith. Every time i look at that bright silver streak on my otherwise pristine barrel, I regret not looking harder for one.
     
  11. hiwall

    hiwall Well-Known Member

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    clamping the barrel in a vise makes a big difference! should come out with a punch and hammer.
     
  12. Turbojet

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    OUCH!! We were deer hunting one year when one of my buds said his gun was shooting way to the right. All we had was a hammer & screwdriver to perform this operation. No problem, the gun has been through many hunts and it showed it. He held the gun & I proceeded to knock the sight blade and bead plum off. :eek: I gave him my back up gun to hunt with. I bought the sight pusher and replacement front sight as soon as I got home. That was my learning experience. :D
     
  13. JTJ

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    The sight has to come out from left to right and go back in from right to left. I always used a piece of hardwood dowel so I would not mar anything.
     
  14. racer_x

    racer_x New Member

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    Get a bigger hammer lol (joke guys). But realy ive had hit some alot harder then u would think to get them moving.
     
  15. Vincine

    Vincine New Member

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    I GOT IT OUT! And in one piece too!

    l let it bathe in some WD 40 again while I had lunch. Then I spent some time playing with it and my friends; the small c clamp, and the nuts & bolts, & tape that I was using as blocking. I did manage to get to slide a bit. But then I couldn't secure the barrel in the clamp any more. It kept slipping and rotating instead of pushing the sight.

    I tried the hammer and punch (really a bolt) again and it came out. Not right out, but it did move with each tap. I think it only took about a dozen taps this time, unlike the plethora of wacks I gave it unsuccessfully before.

    I think moving and stressing the blade with the clamp helped the oil penetrate into the joint. I suspect the same could have been accomplished with just the WD 40 and a pair of pliers gripping the blade and stressing it back and forth for a while.
     
  16. Chainfire

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    There is always a side-grinder............It is amazing what you can do with one of them if you have a delicate touch. :)
     
  17. hiwall

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    Hint to gunsmiths- - don't let customers see you removing sights with a side grinder.:eek: