This is a discussion on Stock Liner Screw Removal Tool ??? within the The M14 forums, part of the M14 M1A Forum category; Is there a specific tool for removing the stock liner screws on a M14 wood stock? Just got a M14 Stock Set (with metal) from ...
Is there a specific tool for removing the stock liner screws on a M14 wood stock? Just got a M14 Stock Set (with metal) from the CMP and am wanting to refinish it, and would like to remove all the metal first.
Also, how does one, if at all possible, remove the front swivel plate? I would assume the rivets would need to be ground out and then replaced. Is there a better way?
And lastly. The stock I just received has a hole in the bottom of it (~1/4" diameter) just in front of the front swivel plate. I assume this is for a bipod mount. Am I correct?
Yes your assumptions on the liner are correct there is a tool to remove it, you can get them from many places like Brownells, Mid Way USA, and Numrich, ext. They come in handy if you like old wood stocks.
The only why that I know of removing the front swivle is to drill out the rivits that why the sling stud is unharmed.
Also that hole is for excess gas release and to alow water and dirt to exit the rifle, I would not recomend to fill that hole.
Young Guns mentioned Brownells; check out the stock liner removal tool made by Badger Ordnance on their website. It stops you from buggering the holes in the stock liner screws as well as scratching the parkerizing. Its a tool I use far more than I thought I'd need to. For example, I found the stock liner had been opened to accomodate wider receiver legs on one rifle, so to switch wood stocks, I needed to switch the stock liner first. It's also useful when refinishing a stock.
I recommend both Sadlak and Badger Ordnance products as they are well made, homegrown (made in U.S.A.), and have excellent customer service.
One of the "Special Tools" we had to make as OJT's (Apprentices) to become a NM Armorer was one of these tools. Our own mode called for shaping rod to correct size, drilling it for two small pieces of drill rod and silver soldering them in. Now, I did not know very much about metal in those days, but I asked how we were going to harden the "pins" and I was told they didn't worry about it. They just heated the tool and took out and replaced the pins when they wore out. OK...... Yeah, I did not think they would last that long and they didn't. (In those days all our NM M14's for Post and Station, Division Matches and Marine Corps Matches were made on GI stocks, so we had to pull out the stock liners, modify them and put them back in.)
After the second or third time I had to go through that with replacing pins in a single building season, I got to looking at one Grace Screwdriver we had been issued and was WAY too big for any screw we had on any of our NM or Sniper Guns. So I took it and went back to the Machine Shop, fired up a torch and annealed the head. Then I took it back to my bench and had filed it down and shaped pins in it, along with a flat surface around the pins. After ensuring it was to size on a half dozen new stock liner screws, I went back and case hardened it. That tool is still in my tool box almost 40 years later and I long ago forgot how many stock liners I've taken out with it. Now, I have to say there were maybe a dozen years in that 40 I did not use the tool and I have not used it near as much since the 90's, but I have used it time and time again. Some times it is really worth it to make a really good tool.