Lock plate question

I am changing the knobs and locks on the doors of my house. The metal plate on the door jamb is screwed into the jamb where you would expect it to be, but then wraps around to the front of the jamb and is fastened beneath the trim piece. The house is 22 y/o and this is original equipment. Anyway to get that off w/o tearing off (and probably tearing up) the trim?
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If it's built properly and with expected methods, the trim comes off and goes back on easily is standard OP. Trim applications are always made to allow removal unless some newbie gets a brain-fart and fills it with so many nails they can't safely be popped off. A wide pry-bar is usually all that's needed; abt $10 US. Do some search engine looking.
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You believe all locks have interchangeable strike plates? It might also just be possible that the OP wants fresh hardware and not an old scratched and tarnished POS glaring out at him every time he opens the door.
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If the trim is painted you could cut out a section of the trim that's just big enough to free up the strike, then epoxy it back in place when you're done.
Like Oren mentioned, I've never seen a strike that was attached on the face _and_ edge of the jamb. Maybe somebody Rube Goldberged it, but it might just be that the tongue is stuck under the trim and needs some coaxing. Also use a magnet to check if there are any nails holding the trim on right at the strike. If so, use a nail set and drive them all the way through the trim to reduce clamping pressure on the strike plate.
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the tip, anyway.
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Going from gold to brass and it would look nasty. Also, another reason I need to get it out, they don't match to the placement in the current door knobs.
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