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    I have got some warne bases on my savage model 10, and I had the scope mounted by someone else because at the time I didn't have the know-how or the tools to do it myself.

    I wanted to buy badger ord. base to replace the lack of adjustability offered by the warne bases, so I loosened the first screw witch came out fairly easily. followed by the second wich snapped three of the cheap torx bits, so I busted out the hardened steel bit. Luckily for me warne makes their screws with a very shallow torx drive, causing the bit to strip out the screw. it was more of a half strip because it will still stick if I press real hard but then it starts slipping up then back down when I try to turn it. I have already stripped 1 screw out to death with several different types of screw extractors, the other two are still usable but should definately be replaced the fourth being the one that came out easily. It is making my blood pressure rise quite a bit. A friend reffered me to a do-it-yourselfer and I never found out where he lived so I can't yell at him.

    Anyone have any advise other than dropping it off at my local gunsmiths shop?.
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Did you try -heating- the screws first with a soldering gun?  Most of that stuff is put on with Locktight.  You have to heat it to get the Locktight to release.  You have drilled a hole all the way through the screw and worked up the hole size until it is close to the thread dia? 

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    There was no loctite on the first screw that came out so I was assuming that the rest of them didn't have it either.

    I have not tried to drill them out because I don't have a drill press an I am afraid of going in slanted and damegeing the threads on the receiver.
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    I just got back from taking it to my local gunsmith, now he has to worry about it. I tried to drill one of the screws out last night with a corded drill, but when my 1/16" cobalt drill bit chipped I put it away. just to see how lucky I really was I took of my leupold PRW rings to see what else this joker did, and he did it he put two small indentations on the side of my SS as well as marks from sliding the top peices on. after the use of some colorful metaphors I gave up. if I get max-50 rings I can definitely cover it up.

    Now the question, will the dent effect anything other than the appearence? it is an eyesore because a little of the paint got scratched off, and the dents paint is smoother than the rest of the scopes finish. other than that it only looks about .01" deep.
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The Torx T-15 screws are an industry standard for size, thread and hardness. From many years of dealing with rings and bases and the screws that secure them, it sounds like the wrong Loc-tite was used. Thats why I tell people to use it only as a last resort and only Blue when you do. The problems you were having with the Warne product was NOT the fault of Warne, but was more of an improper installation issue. To cover the damage to your tube, about all you can do at this point is to use a Tactical ring. Some Tactical rings are wider than others an may be able to cover up the damage.

 

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