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I purchased a used Tikka.  It has a VX-ll 4-12X40.   The eye relief in limited and the scope is positioned too far back for me.  I got out my torx wrench and found that the screw heads are too stripped out to allow backing all of them off.  Two are not going anywhere.  He must of had that sucker on and off a lot! 

 

Those screws should be replaced with new ones.  I'm sure others have run into this.  What's the easiest, and least risky way to do it? 

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I know there is a mechanics tool just for striped screws.i can't think of what it is called but it has shovle like blades that will dig into the screw making some make shift threads on the end.It kinda looks like a drill bit that would run backwards.

 

I'll see if i can find a pictuer or some info for you.

 

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http://www.toolprice.com/category/screwextractors.squareeasy out/

 

See if this will help you out !!!!

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It's called an "Easy Out."  First try unscrewing all the ones you can remove.  If you're lucky, you may be able to remove the 1 or 2 screws on the opposite side of the ring from the stripped screw, which will relieve the load exerted on the head of the stripped screw.  Think of the scope tube as a fulcrum.  Once one side of the ring is free, the ring no longer has significant upward force against the screw heads on the opposite side.  Most of the time, this then allows for easy removal.  If that doesn't work, and you can't remove it with the Easy Out, you may have no choice but to drill it out with a carbide drill.
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If ya gotta ask, then try a gunsmith... your guns finish will love you for it.

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Opti-Locs are world renowned for being too expensive, sit to high, and the damn soft screws stripping!!

 

Sorry for your troubles, Berreta will sell you some new ones for IIRC $6 a piece. 

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From Peter Egan's Tool Definitions:

 

E-Z OUT BOLT AND STUD EXTRACTOR:

A tool that snaps off in bolt holes and is ten times harder than any known drill bit.

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NC.  That is funny!

 

But, the saga has ended.  I followed some of the above recommendations.  I loosened the scews on one side and that allowed me to ease the stress on the other side.  It was enough to get the semi-stripped ones out.  I couldn't find any replacement screws locally and I'm going shooting this weekend.  So, I wound up buying a set of Weaver rings, designed specifically for the Tikka.  They're a little different to install and they're a bit heavier than the Leupolds they replaced.  However, they're steel, they lock down snuggly and I think will do the job.  And now, I've got a set of backups, provided I can find some replacement screws.  That shouldn't be a problem.

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