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    Posted: March 29 2013 at 7:09pm
Hi can anyone help,

I was lucky enough to be left a 303 MIII*.

However don't think it was ever looked after properly in the last 20 years or so as it is full of rust.Not to worry as I will enjoy bringing it back to it's former glory.

I have managed to strip it for cleaning etc all apart from the stock??? I have tried good old WD40 and a flat head screw driver still with no success Cry

How else can I remove it as I fear it has been rusted tight ???

Anyone else ever had this problem before ?

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he!!o Pommy,Try standing the rifle up and put a few drops of Kroil.Then give it a little time to greep down the threads.Just my .02 cents.
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First remove the forend wood! (If you haven't already).
There is a square shaft end on the screw that is trapped between the parts of the forend wood, if you don't remove the forend you might damage it as the square becomes a diamond-shape while turning.
Second: did you remove the washer covering the bolt head? Its down in the tunnel & if not removed will prevent you getting a good fit into the slot.
 
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Thanks all.
Not sure if they sell Kroil here in Australia? But will try and find something simular if not? I have removed washer but still no joy as of yet!!! Will let you know how I go

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Poke around in here a bit. Theres a home-brew formula for an oil & acetone (I think) mix that should work. Just be careful mixing/storing/using it its a bit heady if you get my drift.
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It is Dexron transmission fluid and acetone in a 50/50 mix. Try and get it onto the threaded end of the screw from behind the trigger area and let it soak in. I would suggest using a syringe or similar to apply the mix and avoid getting too much on the wood if possible. This mix works great on steel and iron (although not so good on aluminium corrosion). Use in a ventilated area and no smoking! This works much better than WD40 for freeing rusted bolts.
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The last one I worked on was TIGHT, and I think you know what I mean. I got it out by clamping the barrel in a padded vise and then using my long screwdriver that I ground the head specially for SMLE stock bolts. Came out hard all the way even though there was no rust present on the threads! There was no way I would've gotten that one out without the vise.
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Originally posted by ArcherSix ArcherSix wrote:

The last one I worked on was TIGHT, and I think you know what I mean. I got it out by clamping the barrel in a padded vise and then using my long screwdriver that I ground the head specially for SMLE stock bolts. Came out hard all the way even though there was no rust present on the threads! There was no way I would've gotten that one out without the vise.

I given that a go with no luck.I have sent off to US for some Kroil as I will give anything a go now lol.

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 Cut a bit of hardwood and stick it in or on a vise so the butt socket can sit on it with the butt in the air, and ensure the screw isn't contacting the wood. Get a big brass drift and put it in the screw hole and give the head of the screw a big crack with a big hammer.  Never sit the the muzzle on the ground or brace it in any other way, otherwise you will do irreparable damage to the receiver.

The best screwdriver if you don't have a really big one, is the other end of a wheel nut wrench out of your car. Check it for fit, and make sure you hold it into the slot as tight as you can as you try to turn it.
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Good idea with the brass rod Max. Let us know how this turns out Pommy.
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Originally posted by MaxP MaxP wrote:

 Cut a bit of hardwood and stick it in or on a vise so the butt socket can sit on it with the butt in the air, and ensure the screw isn't contacting the wood. Get a big brass drift and put it in the screw hole and give the head of the screw a big crack with a big hammer.  Never sit the the muzzle on the ground or brace it in any other way, otherwise you will do irreparable damage to the receiver.

The best screwdriver if you don't have a really big one, is the other end of a wheel nut wrench out of your car. Check it for fit, and make sure you hold it into the slot as tight as you can as you try to turn it.

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its worth the soaking time and efforts to break free the threads as rushing can cause damage thats irrepairable , good luck with your efforts
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G'day All,

Just to let you know I managed to remove my stock a combined effort of all your help!!!

Thanks again for all your very helpful and useful information.

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