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Old 07-13-2013, 10:09   #1
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Dovetail Sight Removal

I recently purchased a new 10/22 and wanted to replace the factory sights with hiviz. Sounds easy enough use a brass punch and a hammer drive out the old sights and install the new ones. The only problem is I cant get the old ones out. I have been using a brass punch and substantial hammer with absolutely no luck. Im hitting the mess out of it too with the barrel firmly set in a vice. Any lube or way to freeze the front sight to make this easier?
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Old 08-03-2013, 09:10   #2
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Is there a set screw that you are not seeing?
Possibly a set roll pin?
I use Aero-Kroil for all stubborn removal work.
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Old 08-03-2013, 09:13   #3
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I've had stubborn sights before and have used the very thin wafer cut off wheel on a Dremmel tool to cut the sight close to in half.
If you go that route please be very careful and go slow.
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Old 08-03-2013, 10:19   #4
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Front site comes off easier from left to right.

I just did mine last week.

Back site comes off when you punch out HARD while in a vise.

Laying it down did not work, had to be in a vise.

A few guys on RimfireCentral had to use a dremel to cut theirs out.
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Old 08-03-2013, 21:26   #5
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Hey guys thanks for the updates. I sprayed the front sight with lots of the freeze and release and was able to tap it out. The rear sight was a lot easier. The real problem came when I went to install the new sight. It did not want to go. I used a lot of freeze and release but still no luck. I wound up breaking that sight because the punch slipped purchases replacement and with a lot of bruit force it finally went.
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Old 08-04-2013, 09:05   #6
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Most sights need to be fit even when they are for your model of gun.
I usually use a fine sandpaper such as 400g to smooth out the contact surfaces if they won't go in.
A little at a time will get the fit right.
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