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Hand guard Repair

Posted: Tue Aug 01, 2017 1:28 am
by vandle
Hi Guys

I am in the middle of cleaning/repairing a M95 Dutch Long Rifle

The screws which fasten the hand guard spring clip have corroded away and the screw holes in the timber in the hand guard have been damaged.

I am after some suggestions on how to tackle this little project.

My thoughts are removing the damaged timber around the screw holes with a rotory tool and epoxying small hardwood dowels and then smooth out the channel.
Then rescrew with new screws of course the spring clip to the hand guard.

Is there better ways of doing it?
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Thanks for your assistance

Re: Hand guard Repair

Posted: Tue Aug 01, 2017 3:52 pm
by bobvz
You could fix it that way but it would be way less labor intensive just to use a filled epoxy. Remove any rotted wood and get back to something solid. Clean with acetone. Using coarse sandpaper sand a piece of scrap hardwood until you have about 1/2 tsp of sawdust. Get some Devcon 45 min set epoxy (twin syringe). Push out about 3/4 in ribbons and mix. Then add sawdust until it is a thick paste. Push this paste into the holes. Remove excess to original level of wood. Coat band clip and screws with paste wax. When it begins to set and is still pliable install the band clip into position. Then insert the screws and lightly push and screw in until they barely contact the clip. Turn handguard upside down and let set over night. Next day tighten the screws. This will strengthen the handguard and give the screws a solid base.

Re: Hand guard Repair

Posted: Tue Aug 01, 2017 7:28 pm
by vandle
Thanks Bobvz

That sounds like an easier technique :banana-blonde:

I'll try that

Re: Hand guard Repair

Posted: Mon Aug 21, 2017 2:57 pm
by Candyman
Bobvz has got you covered.
Here aer tips when using an epoxy past as Bobvz described.
The sanding dust should be made with 150 or higher grit sand paper. This will give you a smoother paste.
Use small plastic cups to hold your sanding dust.
Matching your paste to the stock is not hard. You will need a lighter color wood. Wet the tip of your finger with denatured alcohol and touch the dust. The wet color of the dust will be the color when the epoxy paste dries. It's best to have a few different colors of sanding dust on hand.

Re: Hand guard Repair

Posted: Mon Aug 21, 2017 5:58 pm
by vandle
Thanks Candyman

They are good tips to use.