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Dovetail Sight Removal

Discussion in 'Sights, Optics and Lasers' started by Quigley, Jul 13, 2013.

  1. Quigley

    Quigley Elite Member

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    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?
     
  2. Jim S.

    Jim S.

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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.
     

  3. Jim S.

    Jim S.

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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.
     
  4. JimBianchi

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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.
     
  5. Quigley

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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.
     
  6. Jim S.

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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.