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S&W Red Loc-Tite.

Discussion in 'General Firearms Forum' started by Foxtrotx1, Jul 10, 2012.

  1. Foxtrotx1


    Jan 29, 2010
    Scottsdale AZ
    I was planning on changing my 317 springs to a lighter set, both rebound and hammer. Problem is, upon getting one of the side plate screws out, (with much effort) I noticed a dab of red loc-tite on the threads.

    The others won't budge. At All. The screw I got out was the most forward one, towards the muzzle.

    I can't use heat (or can I?) because I'm afraid of bubbling/damaging the clear coat finish.

    Not Happy with Smith for using red lock-tite. :steamed:

    Should I give them a call? Or is there something I can do?

  2. janice6

    janice6 Silver Member

    Apr 4, 2006
    If it were my problem, I would find a screwdriver that fit the screw head almost exactly. Then I would heat the screwdriver shaft watching you don't get flame on the pistol frame. Heat will soften any epoxy or loctite.

    Good luck and my fingers are crossed for you.

  3. elde

    elde Lifetime Member

    Aug 31, 2008
    What janice6 said.

    Otherwise I'd take it to a gunsmith at Scottsdale Gun Club and get it done properly.
  4. Berto

    Berto woo woo

    Sep 15, 2003
    Those sideplate screws sometimes really require a proper screwdriver without the tapered edge before you can really put pressure in it, otherwise you bugger the screw and possibly scratch the gun.
    Are you sure you want to go lighter on the springs....? Rimfires really need a solid hammer hit.
  5. Foxtrotx1


    Jan 29, 2010
    Scottsdale AZ
    I dropped to a 14 lb rebound and 9 hammer. Reset is still fast and positive, hammer, weeeell see. As long as I don't get a misfire in 200 or so mini mags ill call it good. :cool:
  6. Jason D

    Jason D INFRINGED Silver Member Millennium Member

    Jun 16, 1999
    Mivonks, MI
    Had that not worked, you could have also touched the screw with a soldering iron.