Just got my new "Loaded M1A, 2nd M1A, Have a problem, cant remove the op rod. Have aTRW that I was going to replace the SA with but the SA will not come out. Any suggestions or should I leave well enough alone. Appreciate any suggestions.
Actually, I don't use the screwdriver trick at all. Remove the spring, pull the bolt back while "lifting" and feel the dismount notch engage. Give it a gentle smack with the heel of your hand from the bottom, or gently with a rubber mallet. Just a pop will do. Gently...Not a whack....Don't use a steel hammer....Did I say gently is all it takes? LOL
I've seen too many pry marks on receivers and op rods to reccomend the screwdriver method, but it works too.
Congratulations and Welcome to the Club.
About your Op Rod ,Read the Stickie and Dont Force it take your Time. It may not make you feel any better better but it took me 8 months to get mine off for the 1st time, But I did it.
Thanks for the suggestions, Will keep at it. Sounds like it needs to have some lead down the tube. On my other m1a have been using 42 grains of IMR4895 with a 168gr hpbt. Does this sound right? My Fed Ordance seems to like that load. Anyhow everyone have a MERRY XMAS
The screw driver method is OK. Just use some tape and caution. Also, the rubber mallet trick works fine too. But, I have found that talking nice to can also help as you are tryinn to persuade the oprod out. If that doesn't work, you can always get mad at it, swear a few times, then come back to in an hour later, and that sometimes works too.
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