Front Sight Bead Removal

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The Rattler
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Front Sight Bead Removal

Post by The Rattler » Mon Jun 27, 2016 10:59 pm

I own a 1966 Wingmaster that for which I refurbished the wood. Now, I plan to Durablue the metal.

I need to remove the front sight bead, but it is proving to be difficult. I have been unable to make it move wth a pair of needle nose pliars.

Does it in fact unscrew? I've seen a specialized tool for installing front sight beads. Will that help? A Midway video suggests using heat from a hair dryer. Will that help on this old Wingmaster? Should I use a penetrating oil like Kroil?

Before I go farther I would like the more experienced input from the members here.

Thanks.

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Re: Front Sight Bead Removal

Post by Synchronizor » Mon Jul 04, 2016 7:15 am

Some 870 front beads are screw-in, some are press-in.

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Re: Front Sight Bead Removal

Post by The Rattler » Sat Aug 20, 2016 3:12 pm

How can you determine which one it is? If it is screwed in, should I be able to remove it without seriously damaging it?

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Re: Front Sight Bead Removal

Post by NnF000 » Thu Aug 25, 2016 1:25 am

If you have a bead with a Pedestal… i.e. 870 Express 18.5” Barrel.
How do you get the pedestal off… thinking heating but to what temperature ?
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Re: Front Sight Bead Removal

Post by Banshee » Thu Aug 25, 2016 8:50 am

around 1000 deg F
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Re: Front Sight Bead Removal

Post by Trapguy » Mon Mar 18, 2019 10:01 pm

Look at the side of the rib and see a pin, drive it out and then pull up on the bead. You’ll see a wedge cut in the bead. The drive pin holds the bead in.

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