Re: Grips Trouble
I've gotten grips off with destroyed hardware by placing a small chisel length-wise (read: with the grain) just above the top screw and lightly taping with a 2oz hammer until they pop in two and fall right off.
This is obviously done to grip panels you intend to trash, then carefully winding the hardware out with small vice-grips.
If you want to save the grips and the screw heads are destroyed, use a small drill bit slightly larger than the screw shank and drill the center of the screw SLOWLY till the head pops off (another method which will not damage the grips is to us a drill bit slightly smaller than the screw shank and drill down till you reach the bottom of the screw head, then take the bit out, flip it over and insert it into the hole and pop the head off) then wind the stem out with small vice-grips. Hint: If you have any left-handed drill bits, they may bite and wind the screw out as well while drilling.
If the screw turns freely but will not come out, wedge an old credit card under the grip near the troubled screw and gently pry up on the grip while loosening the screw, this will help it get a bite. If that does no good, use a Dremel with a small round (ball) bit to grind the head of the screw off. Grind at an angle to prevent the screw from spinning.
If you get it apart and find that the screw insert has stripped out of the reciever, you can get oversized replacements, of course your reciever will need to be tapped for them.
Please note when drilling: use moderate pressure at a very low RPM. Add a drip of oil (preferrably cutting fluid) every few seconds....when you see a nice curleycue piece of spiral metal come out around the bit, you are doing it some good. By no means hit it full speed.
Last edited by Slabsides; 09-09-2009 at 08:36 PM..