View Full Version : where can I find replacment screws
June 26, 2012, 06:17 AM
I am new to this site so forgive me if this has been answered before. I have been searching the web and had limited success finding all sizes of screws and pins. I have picked up a box of screws from sportsman guide but they are on the small side. any info would be helpful, thanks.
June 26, 2012, 07:43 AM
Get yourself a thread tester to find out exactly which screws you need, then you can order them from McMaster-Carr.
June 26, 2012, 07:58 AM
Try "Brownell's" the Gunsmith supplier. If the screws are for an old gun, chances are the major diameter is an odd size and you are screwed with out a die head or lathe to make them.
June 26, 2012, 08:12 AM
Replacement screws for WHAT?
As said, many firearms screws are odd sizes made to fit the location, not standard hardware, automotible, or industrial sizes. There are specialty suppliers for them, but we can't look them up for you if they are secret.
The best source of an odd size pin is a drill shank, letter, number, fractional, and metric drills cover a wide range of diameters.
June 26, 2012, 08:27 AM
I have to agree with that. Drills get softer down towards the shank so they are usually not too brittle for pins. On the other hand, there are a lot of tapered pins in old guns.
June 26, 2012, 03:44 PM
Thanks for info, I was just looking for an assortment of screws and pins and not for any particular firearm. Items to have on hand.
June 26, 2012, 03:53 PM
June 26, 2012, 08:55 PM
Some places sell screw/nut assortments, but they are mainly of the common hardware store sizes, very useful for general work but not much help on most guns. Harbor Freight used to have such an assortment; I got one years ago and it has saved me countless trips to the hardware store, but only rarely has one of those screws worked in a gun.
For guns, you pretty much have to know what you need and order specific screws or at least specific sizes. And even if you know a thread size (6x48 for example), you would still have to know the length and type of head (pan head, fillister, oval, round) and type of drive slot (Phillips, slot head, Torx, etc.).
Sometimes, a screw head can be reshaped in a lathe or a drill press to fit a specific need, or even a hole can be drilled out and re-tapped for a common size screw. But that is not always possible and is not recommended for collector category guns.
June 26, 2012, 09:00 PM
Are we referring to something like this?
June 27, 2012, 06:18 AM
yes cowtowner I picked that set up a while back and it has a good selection. Thanks for all the help.
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