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Thread: My RE seems a bit off center. Is it an issue?

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    My RE seems a bit off center. Is it an issue?

    Iím attempting my first build and when putting the buffer tube on I noticed after the staking that it might be a mm or two at most off center to the left. My stock is on the way so canít really see if itís negligible or not. Itís a Vltor a5 RE with HSP end plate. If I need to rebuy the end plate I will as I donít think thereís a way to salvage it at this point if I needed to remove the castle nut and realign. So, my question is if it is off a mm or two to one side is it good to go still or should I just take it off and start again?

    If I have to start over anyone got any recommendations for a gunsmith in NW GA that wonít try to bubba the build like someone already did earlier on in the build when I started?

    I searched for the exact questions and couldnít find anything quite what I was looking for so Iím hoping this may help someone in the future as well. Thanks again everyone.

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    Trying to picture what you are referring too.

    Got any photos??

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    21C977A5-137A-4736-A0B7-8C5151AC951B.jpgHang on I think I got a pic

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    If I need to I can get better ones just. I just know when I look from behind it’s off to the left instead of being straight by a mm or two.
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    Wait until you get the stock on, then you'll know. It does look a bit off, but could just be the angle.

    FWIW, when I attach a buffer tube, I do it with the stock already on, for just this reason....they all have varying degrees of rotational "wobble", and I like to hold the stock nice and straight while I turn the wrench with the other hand...yes I use a vise to gently hold the lower while doing this. Confirm alignment and tightness, then stake.

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    Itís happened to me before while doing a build. For whatever reason I couldnít get the RE to stay true. Itís off maybe a MM or 2. Once I got my stock on, you couldnít tell.

    The only thing itís going to affect is your OCD. Thatís why I never take the stock off my build...

    Quote Originally Posted by Fr3EK View Post
    Iím attempting my first build and when putting the buffer tube on I noticed after the staking that it might be a mm or two at most off center to the left. My stock is on the way so canít really see if itís negligible or not. Itís a Vltor a5 RE with HSP end plate. If I need to rebuy the end plate I will as I donít think thereís a way to salvage it at this point if I needed to remove the castle nut and realign. So, my question is if it is off a mm or two to one side is it good to go still or should I just take it off and start again?

    If I have to start over anyone got any recommendations for a gunsmith in NW GA that wonít try to bubba the build like someone already did earlier on in the build when I started?

    I searched for the exact questions and couldnít find anything quite what I was looking for so Iím hoping this may help someone in the future as well. Thanks again everyone.

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    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=3J4hZO9ZaDA
    This video shows a great way to install your extension.
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    https://botach.com/kz-ar15-m4-receiv...er-tube-block/

    The RE is twisting under the torque of tightening the castle nut. Order the vise fixture in the link above to hold the RE versus trying to tq the castle nut with a vise block in the mag well.

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    Depending on how far afield it is, it can cause damage to the RE threads along the keyway. If it's not excessive just unscrewing the castle nut can chase the threads back to reusable condition
    Bill

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    Quote Originally Posted by 99cobra2881 View Post
    https://botach.com/kz-ar15-m4-receiv...er-tube-block/

    The RE is twisting under the torque of tightening the castle nut. Order the vise fixture in the link above to hold the RE versus trying to tq the castle nut with a vise block in the mag well.
    That's kinds cool. However, I've put on dozens over the years and was always able to get them right. Sometimes I'd just seat it a bit off center and when I torqued it it pulled it straight. YMMV. Now they have tools for every detail and I've bought many, this I'll pass on.
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