Ever look for the right screwdriver to remove the stock retaining screw from a shotgun? It seems that the right one is never at hand, and, even if it is, the confounded screw is always rusted so tight that you can’t get the screw to break free.
Here’s an inexpensive and very effective solution to that dilemma. Simply obtain a typical lug wrench that comes as OEM equipment with most cars and light trucks. The “L” shaped handle makes for perfect purchase for leverage in breaking loose tight screws, the length is appropriate for virtually all stocks, and the sharpened pry-end of the wrench usually fits beefy stock screws very nicely. In addition, the wrench shank is large enough that it centers easily in the rear hole to align effortlessly with the slot in the screw head.
Sometimes a little work with a grinder or file is necessary to bring the “pry-end” of the wrench into proper form for the purposes of removing the stock screw, but the effort will be minimal. These lug wrenches are usually available from wrecking yards for an extremely modest cost, and they are indispensable once you’ve used one on a stubborn shotgun stock screw.
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