That would work for me too...I think I still have a v4 that hasn't been deployed in "the field" yet. Although with that approach and 32 pics to flash you can almost count on me bending a pin or two
Of course I did bend a pin or two, but I got pretty good with a small flat screwdriver prying those pics out pretty much straight up after I loosened them from both ends.
Trick was to stick the screw driver under both ends and with give it a twist if the blade was wider than the shank or light slightly to loose the chip from the socket. After I had done this 20+ times, the SSC4 socket wasn't so tight that I had to really pry anymore.
I think you could get away with not putting the chip all the way down in the socket pretty easy too, but I always do a verify after I write it to make sure the checksum matches.