screws are stripped

Discussion in 'Technical Questions & Information' started by uliboy97, Sep 10, 2012.

  1. uliboy97

    uliboy97 New Member

    Sep 9, 2012
    I have a marlin 989 m2 and i removed the receiver from the stock,then I was going to take it apart to get to the bolt, in order to get to the bolt I had to remove 4 screws which are all stripped, what do i do?
  2. 25yretcoastie

    25yretcoastie Member

    Aug 27, 2011
    Fort Pierce Fl
    Are the screws stripped or are the holes? If the screws are missing material you can run a cleanout tap or bottoming tap and get new screws. If the screws are only messed up you can run a die on them and put them back in with loc tite blue or red
  3. JLA

    JLA Well-Known Member

    Feb 26, 2007
    Heart Of Texas
    If the screws are all thats messed up just get new ones. Dont have to be specific to the rifle, just the right head and the right thread pitch.

    If the holes are stripped out you'll have to clearance drill and re-tap to the next size up and go with bigger screws. i.e. stripped 6-48 then go to 8-40, etc.
  4. oldfartrr

    oldfartrr Active Member

    Jun 30, 2012
    northern calif
    if the holes are striped instead of going to next larger inch sized screws,,,, try metric instead,, can usually just tapp without having to drill larger hole,, i use this all the time for repair on lots of items,,,just have to remember which hole is which. and u dont usually have to worry about clearence problems by going to a larger screw (or bolt)
    works great on old motorcycles and cars also.
  5. Jim K

    Jim K New Member

    Dec 6, 2009
    If only the screws are stripped, Gun Parts Corp. ( has them. They may be under Glenfield Model 70 or Model 995, which are the same thing.

    I strongly advise against trying to take that mechanism apart. Clean it with a sonic bath or application of spray.


  6. oneoldsap

    oneoldsap New Member

    Feb 28, 2012
    Plenty of sage advice here , I've nothing to add !
  7. Big Shrek

    Big Shrek Well-Known Member

    Nov 10, 2009
    NorthWest Florida
    I can pretty much guess that the 4 screws he's talking about are the screws on the sideplates of the assembly...
    as well as the two action/stock screws...a fair amount of folks completely go nuts tightening those...which will strip 'em fast...
    On the action/stock screws, it is often a case of doing a D/T to the next size screw...which solves the problem,
    then you just Cold Blue the screwheads so they won't screw up the look. (Don't Cold Blue 'em ON the rifle...)

    Have to admit, love my 989-M2, wish Marlin would come out with the m-1 style stock & handguard again... :)
    Last edited: Sep 16, 2012
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