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Old 11-24-2020, 3:19 PM
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I feel like one shot out of the rifle will shake things loose. Prove me wrong
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Old 11-24-2020, 3:37 PM
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Some people here are giving advice to remove a stuck set screw which is not the problem. It's a broken end of a allen wrench that's stuck in the screw. Once the broken wrench is out, it should be easy to continue on for the OP
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My buddy had one too many protein shakes before working on his gun, and broke the tip of a cheap allen wrench off in the set screw of his gas block.

A used gas block is what... $10-15?
So, I'm not looking to buy a new tool or spend $50 to save $10, but it would be nice to figure this out with the least amount of destruction.

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Jerry’s Broken Tap Removal in Santa Ana
That will FAR exceed the cost of just replacing the $15 gas block.

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EDM time is usually not available in the $10-$15 for the whole job price range.

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Wouldn't just rattling off a few hundred rounds shake the thing loose?
This would be my recommendation.
The vibration of live fire will likely work the piece loose and it will fall out on it's own.
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Old 11-26-2020, 12:16 AM
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OK guys. Finally got some time at the bench to myself this afternoon. I wish I had an elegant solution to share... I tried a bunch of things you guys suggested: propane torch, light tapping on top of the gas block, heavier tapping with a block of wood from all angles, my kid's weak magnets, more heat, some gouging of the surface with a finishing nail, and finally going full hog with the dremel and cut-off wheel and router bit. I tried to make a horizontal cut with the cutoff wheel in order to use a flat head bit to turn the set screw, but the wheel was too fat and kind of obliterated the head of the set screw. Every time I tried to turn the flat-head bit, it would just break off chunks of steel, so I said screw it, let's commit.

here are some pics for to bring closure to this sordid affair.

Full of optimism and ideas:



Heat and pounding didn't work, so I tried to remove some hex wrench material with a drill bit/to get another hex key in.



I think this is where the last broken piece of allen wrench popped out. there's still some set screw in this pic:



the culprit:



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Thanks again for all of your ideas. On to the next hamfisted project.

Happy Thanksgiving, all!

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Old 11-27-2020, 8:46 AM
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Well,.....uh,.........congradulations,.........I think?
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Old 11-27-2020, 9:29 AM
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Jesus, 10 seconds with a tig torch and someone who knows what they are doing would have saved that gas block.
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Old 11-27-2020, 10:19 AM
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At least a new gas block will cover the Dremel marks on your barrel.....?
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Old 11-28-2020, 10:17 AM
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Thanks again for all of your ideas. On to the next hamfisted project.
It's beyond hamfisted...more like butchery.


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At least a new gas block will cover the Dremel marks on your barrel.....?
Why use a gas block with screws v. taper pins??
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Old 11-28-2020, 10:25 AM
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Thanks for the update with the photos.
Congratulations seems too celebratory for having to use the last option. So, best of luck with the next project!
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Commit, hell, you went nuclear.
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Old 11-28-2020, 11:41 AM
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That'll buff out!
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It worked and the gun lived. That's all that matters. So, if no one else has said it, congrats!

PS I am covered with scars from rougher treatment than your barrel and gas block received. Every scar is a lesson learned, and a trophy for having learned it.
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Old 11-28-2020, 1:48 PM
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congrats! small price to pay but an opportunity to upgrade it with more expensive one. j/k
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Well done sir knight of the Gunsmithey

T'is but a scratch....

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Gas blocks are cheap. DRILL that mutha!!!

Soooo... how's that new gasblock comin' along?
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I say congrats! You escalated your use of force proportional to the challenge. Sometimes, as you said, you have to commit and use the "nuclear option". Something very satisfying about un-fooking something when it's fairly well fooked, regardless of the methods used.
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Jesus, 10 seconds with a tig torch and someone who knows what they are doing would have saved that gas block.
Most welders who know what they are doing don't have "by-the-second" rates.

Anyone can hit something with a hammer but the old experienced guy knows where to hit and how hard to hit to get a job done without any damage.
Experience is expensive to collect.
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