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Hello all,
    You know how the front sight ramp on a Model 700 has one screw head exposed and the other is underneath the dovetailed sight blade? Did you know that if you remove the exposed screw and THEN knock the sight blade out of the dovetail you can break that front screw right off? Well I didn't ! :shocked: (Stop laughing!!)
     Anyway, that brings me to my question- how do you get a broken-off screw out of the hole? It's broken off just below the surface of the hole. The only tools I have are screwdrivers, a bastard file and a drill. Please save me the embarrassment of taking this to my gunsmith!
Thanks a million! (I'm usually not this inept- really :biggrin:)         ID
 

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ID,

Being that you are dealing with a very small diameter screw, I would advise you to take it to your local smith. There is nothing to be embarrassed about.

Any good smith should be able to extract the screw with the proper tools.

It is possible that the screw has some type of thread lock on it also thus making it still a better idea to take it to a smith. He can also perhaps give you a few options on fixing it.

Save yourself any further aggravation and further damage to that gun. These little things can turn into a mini disaster if not dealt with correctly.

I know from experience.

FWIW,

Regards,

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idshooter,

Contender is right.  I personally have considerable experience extracting screws.  At least I have enough that I approach things like you describe with considerable caution.  I could tell you in detail what to do, but there really isn't room here.  Tactics or even strategy have to change to meet the various challenges that could arise from here on.  In addition, special equipment is usually required.  

Take it to a smith.  Do not risk serious damage to the gun.  Consider it just another character building episode and get it over with.  

Either that or send me the gun and I'll send you a dollar.  <!--emo&:)--><img src="http://beartoothbullets.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif" border="0" valign="absmiddle" alt=':)'><!--endemo-->
 
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