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Red Loctite . . . is it really needed or will Blue suffice?

Posted on October 1, 2016 at 10:30 AM

Hi folks,

I know it has been a few days since I have written.  I have actually been out of state on other business, Fort Worth, Texas to be exact.  It was a good and uneventful trip which in my book is always good!

I have been working on one of my customers guns this morning to remove a broken screw from a forearm piece on a Ruger 10/22 Takedown.  Now this is a tiny little screw threaded into plastic.  There is very little this tiny little screw has to hold on yet Red (permanent) Loctite was used on the screw.  Now to really properly clean this gun that screw will have to come out every time so why "Red" Loctite?  Blue (if Loctite is to be used at all) is more than sufficient here folks.  Afterall, the point of Loctite is simply to keep the screw, bolt, nut etc., from backing off or loosening up right?  So the Blue Loctite for an application such as this is more than sufficient. Keep in mind that when using the Red Loctite it must be heated to over 300 degrees for it to softened enough to let go of the fastener it is applied to and in this case it was applied to a very small screw threaded into plastic.  The plastic would have melted before the screw would have been able to be removed.

So just a bit of a lesson learned so you can keep your firearm in working order and available when and where you need it instead of in my shop.  But don't get me wrong, I love having the firearms to work on as it is what I truely enjoy but there is no need for you to create a problem for youreself down the road which will cost a fair amount of your money to correct.  All I am saying is just give it a quick second of thought before using that "Red" stuff.

Just trying to help you all out my friends by keeping some of your hard earned money in your pocket.

Have a great day!



aka "The Gun Surgeon"


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