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    Smith Clean-out Screw

    OK. The clean-out screw on my Smith has popped out for the last time.

    Does anyone have any experience with personally plugging this hole? I'm thinking brazing, but I need some detailed advise: Like how do you not destroy the case-hardening on the receiver?

    How have you solved your clean-out / blow-out screw problem??

    Thanks

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    Re: Smith Clean-out Screw

    I had mine drilled out and tapped with a thicker and longer screw. No problems in six years. Marv
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    Re: Smith Clean-out Screw

    That is the best solution
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    Re: Smith Clean-out Screw

    I agree that drilling out the old screw hole and re-tapping to a slightly larger screw size is best. That is what I did when the original screw on my repro Pietta Smith blew out a dozen years ago. For a replacement screw, I used a stainless steel screw to avoid the rust problem.

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    Re: Smith Clean-out Screw

    Thanks for the help!

    On my Smith, the portion where the threads are is SOOOOOOO thin, that even though I already retapped it, it doesn't even have 2 threads on it.

    Or are you guys saying that you drilled that out completely and tapped the 'main portion' ??

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    Re: Smith Clean-out Screw

    It sounds like the outside breach surface where the cleanout hole is is so thin you're into a major safety issue. Might not you need to thicken this surface up first before drilling?? I thnk you need to forget aesthetics for now and think engineering with your local arc welder.

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    Re: Smith Clean-out Screw

    Don't over-guess it... The receiver is close to 1/4" thick in that area. Its just the threaded portion under the screw that keeps letting the screw get blown out.

    The receiver isn't going to fail any time soon.

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    Re: Smith Clean-out Screw

    Cool! I'd say fill the hole or install monster screw that occupies the whole hole and is anchored on the quarter inch stuff.

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    Re: Smith Clean-out Screw

    I'm considering that. My concern would be tapping the hardened receiver. With my luck, I'd snap the tap in and never get it out !!! LOL

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    Re: Smith Clean-out Screw

    If you drill out the hole you'll get a good idicator of hardness. Betting the hardness is not real deep. Did you get some idea when you drilled before?? If you break the tap off you'll leave a nice plug!!(??)) Good luck Bootsie!!!

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