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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 09-04-2010, 02:22 PM Thread Starter
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Seized Muzzle Break

I have a barrel that has been out to the range once and now has a muzzle break seized up. I was hoping to use the thread saver for hunting season, now I don't have that option. What are my options?
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Re: Seized Muzzle Break

Take it to your local gun dealer and he will take it off in 5 minutes and charge you a minimal fee.If you do it yourself with heat or liquid wrench you could damage it...
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You could try freezing the barrel in your chest freezer. Then after it is good and frozen(day or so) take it out and apply an immediate heat source. I do not mean a heat torch, just what ever you have that will heat it up fast. And apply constant pressure while it is heating. You might want to take the scope and stock off the rifle. Just be careful not to get it too hot. If that doesn't work then take it to a professional. Tom.
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Re: Seized Muzzle Break

take it to the gunsmith. In addition to getting it removed, he might be able to tell you why is stuck in the first place.
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Re: Seized Muzzle Break

WD40 or PB Blaster some time and see what happens.

If no joy then see what a pro can do.

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Re: Seized Muzzle Break

Just got a call back from one of my local shops and they were un able to get it off. Hmmm this is not good. I wonder if I could have it cut off and what the down sides of that would be.
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Re: Seized Muzzle Break

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Hmmm this is not good. I wonder if I could have it cut off and what the down sides of that would be.
Nothing more than some barrel length equal to the brake threads. Its a easy job, cut and re-crown.

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Re: Seized Muzzle Break

Essentially you'll be putting on another muzzle brake on a 1/2-3/4" shorter barrel. Probably put on cross threaded so the brake threads are probably messed up too.

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Was it a stainless brake on a stainless barrel? If that's the case the threads might have galled and cold welded themselves.If that was the case I'd probably use some type of anti-seize compound on it in the future.
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Re: Seized Muzzle Break

Tough to understand why a good 'smith couldn't get it off???
did he say why?

If you turned it on, then you should be able to turn it off. The thread on choke tubes and braakes do get stuck but never saw one tha didn't come off with a steel rod into the brake holes and a hard hit with a 2 foot hunk of 2x4.

You must oil the threads and certainly anti-sieze grease (sometimes called brake grease) will work..if you get it off.
some delicate work with a dremel cutter bit down almost to the threads and then use a nut-cracker to break the threaded nut/furrele part of the brake will work to relieve the threads. Chase out the threads and get a new brake.
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