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Filling Remington 700 Iron Sight Holes

Discussion in 'Gunsmithing and Repairs' started by GunAdmirer, Nov 14, 2017.

  1. GunAdmirer

    GunAdmirer Member

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    I recently inherited an excellent condition but older Remington 700 ADL in .270. I am really proud to own this rifle and plan to use and reload for it. I removed the iron sights and filled the holes with the correct filler screws. The filler screws look okay for the rear sight holes but they stick out of the front sight holes more than I like. They are not flush.

    I've done extensive internet searches and haven't found a better solution to make the front sight area look better. Has anyone seen a blank or cover made to cover the holes? Has anyone filled them somehow? I don't want to do any sanding or rebluing.

    Your experience and advice is appreciated!
     
  2. edwardware

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    Mask around the screw head, file close, polish clean, and cold blue the heads. I think that's as close as you'll get to perfect cover without extensive refinishing.

    With careful hand work, you should be able to get the screw tops within 0.005ish of flush, and blued to be close. Don't forget an appropriate threadlock.
     
  3. desidog

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    I'd take them out and run the bottom end of the screws over a grind belt or a file to shorten then up.
     
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  4. Varminterror

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    This.

    You can use a depth gauge to determine the necessary plug screw length. Once the length is correct, high temp loctite them in place to allow future removal - but only INTENTIONAL removal. There are guys out there who could fill and well the holes, then reblue, but you're talking about a lot more expense than a guy should go to for a simple hole plug job.
     
  5. GunAdmirer

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    Appreciate the responses and ideas. The screws are already really tiny. I think I would find it impossible to grind or sand anymore off the bottom. I thought about filling the holes with some sort of black epoxy or something that I could wipe flush. Any thoughts about that idea?
     
  6. BBBBill

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    This little device is made for holding tiny screws while you shorten and deburr them -
    https://www.brownells.com/gunsmith-...heels/screw-holder-gizzie-trade--prod599.aspx

    You insert the screw and pivot the opposite side of the tool over the head to keep it in place while you grind in the threaded end. Works great.
     

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