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I have a Browning Gold that's ~7yo. The screw holes in the stock are getting worn out. They still hold the stock flush but I would like to fix it before it becomes a problem. The solutions I can come up with are: use a larger screw, or use some sort of metal sleeve and machine screw to act as a more solid anchor. Any other ideas?
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Be very careful with larger screws, I have seen these post split due to a larger screw installed after the hole was stripped out. the first thing to remember when putting the screws back in is to try to catch the same original thread. if you start the screws every time without catching the same original thread you keep cutting new threads into the plastic and you weaken it a lot. Machine screws will probably not grip and hold into the plastic but you could switch to a sheet metal screw that has a bit finer thread than the standard screw. if you try a larger screw make sure you only go up one size (8 to a 10 or 10 to a 12) and be careful with the length too.
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I fixed mine by installing a helli-coil and a mech-screw .Take your time and do it right ,and it will last forever !
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