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Whats the Torque spec on 6-48 base screws???

I just received a NightForce scope base/rail 1913picatinny for my New Rem 700.I'm trying to sight it in tomorrow.It didn't come with destructions and Nightforce is closed ,the place were I bought it didn't know and guessed it to be 25-30inchpds,Everybody else is at the shotshow.I searched and googled it and cant find anything concrete.I looking for more than a guess ,Yea most people tell me just to hand tighten it w/ blue loc.Ive got the TQ wrench ,Why not do it right the first time.

I Figured someone here in this section prob knows the spec and why there is a spec.

The NF rings I have came with paper work/specs,25inch. They are larger (?8-40) screws than the 6-48 base screws,So I guessing that 25-30 would stretch the shet out of them or twist them off. I saw one post that said 15inch for the rail/base screws,that the sort 2 go in the front ,as to not protrude into the bolt lug area.

Any help with this would be greatly appreciated!!!

Thanks


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    Re: Whats the Torque spec on 6-48 base screws???

    25-30 inch pounds is right. I do mine at 30 inch pounds and use anti seize compound. Never had one loosen, never had one strip or break when I wanted to remove them.
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    Re: Whats the Torque spec on 6-48 base screws???

    Greyfox thanks for the reply,I hate to be wrong.I know the ring cap screws are a larger size that they say 25,Ijust cant see the same TQ on a smaller screw,

    This chart is closer to the 25-30in
    6 - 32 .00909 818 654 - 982 15 - 20
    on a 6-32 says 15-20inchpds
    http://www.pencomsf.com/pdf/tech_info.pdf




    these are low

    Bolt and Screw Torque Specs - The Thelen Channel

    Federal Screw Products Inc. - Torque Chart

    Screw Torque

    found this
    Torque specs? - THR
    6-48 Base Screws @ 22 inch/lbs
    8-40 Base Screws @ 28 inch/lbs
    8-40 Ring Screws @ 28 inch/lbs
    Ring windage screws @ 45 inch/lbs

    I know on my race car bolts like ARP they have different TQ #'s w/ 30w oil over Molly.Also on different grades
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    Re: Whats the Torque spec on 6-48 base screws???

    The Wheeler torque wrench kit lists:
    Base Screws. 30 in lbs
    Windage Screws 30-40 in lbs
    Ring Screw aluminum rings 10-15 in lbs
    Ring Screw steel rings 15-20 in lbs

    Stocks

    Wood, fiberglass, synthetic w/o bedding pillars 40 in lbs
    ". ". " With bedding pillars 65in lbs
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    Re: Whats the Torque spec on 6-48 base screws???

    Specs from the back of the Leupold package; 6-48,, 28 Inch pounds
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    I just received a NightForce scope base/rail 1913picatinny for my New Rem 700.I'm trying to sight it in tomorrow.It didn't come with destructions and Nightforce is closed ,the place were I bought it didn't know and guessed it to be 25-30inchpds,Everybody else is at the shotshow.I searched and googled it and cant find anything concrete.I looking for more than a guess ,Yea most people tell me just to hand tighten it w/ blue loc.Ive got the TQ wrench ,Why not do it right the first time.

    I Figured someone here in this section prob knows the spec and why there is a spec.

    The NF rings I have came with paper work/specs,25inch. They are larger (?8-40) screws than the 6-48 base screws,So I guessing that 25-30 would stretch the shet out of them or twist them off. I saw one post that said 15inch for the rail/base screws,that the sort 2 go in the front ,as to not protrude into the bolt lug area.

    Any help with this would be greatly appreciated!!!

    Thanks


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    Do a search using= Torque Recommendations and you should find all the torque values you want.

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    Re: Whats the Torque spec on 6-48 base screws???

    Hey guys thanks for the replies,It looks like 28 is the most common torque value on the base screws.



    I found on Seekins site he recomends 15 inch lbs
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    15 here also
    Is a wheeler fat tool really needed for mounting scope? - TheFiringLine Forums

    Ken Farrell recomemnds for his base
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    Suggested tightening torque for front screw: 20-25 in/lbs.
    Suggested tightening torque for all other screws: 20-30 in/lbs.

    this post copied from the NRA
    says diff ones
    Wheeler torque screwdriver - AR15 Armory.com

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    Undertightened gun screws can loosen and let things that are not supposed to move, move. Overtightened screws or multiple screws that are unevenly tightened can lead to even bigger problems. Twisting the ring screws too tight or unevenly when mounting a scope can damage the scope. It can result in stressed, bent or dented scope tubes and misaligned internal parts. The scope adjustments may not work correctly, making it impossible to sight-in the gun or, in some cases, to retain zero. Or it can cause the scope to break at a later date, as recently happened to me at the shooting range. One of the internal lenses shattered, possibly from a misaligned scope ring.
    Rifle action screws that are undertorqued can work loose, causing accuracy problems and possibly damage to the gun. If they are overtorqued, it can damage the stock, bolts and even the receiver. Unevenly or improperly torqued action screws can result in poor accuracy. It’s a fine line between getting any important screw tight enough and turning it so tight that things break or distort.
    There is a school of thought that says you absolutely do not need a torque wrench to mount scopes on guns or to mate the action to the stock. Thousands of both are accomplished every year by people who have never heard of a torque wrench. But for the very best job and for an eye-opening look at how much torque is correct, a torque wrench is the only answer.For example, Leupold recommends that 6-48 screws in a ring or base be tightened to 18 in.-lbs. and 8-40 screws be tightened to 28 in.-lbs. Windage screws on the rear ring of the scope mount should be tightened to 40-45 in.-lbs. Wheeler Engineering recommends that base screws be tightened to 30 in.-lbs. Ring screws in aluminum rings should be torqued to 10-15 in.-lbs. and steel rings to 15-20 in.-lbs. The windage screws on the rear rings of Leupold and other such mounts should be torqued to 30-40 in.-lbs.....
    But, without a torque wrench, how can you know? One screwdriver manufacturer advises that with its unit’s relatively small handle and full hand pressure, most men will achieve 17 to 50 in.-lbs., which is a pretty wide margin of error. With the thumb and first two fingers, they say most will apply 10 to 17 in.-lbs. That is subjective at best. I can apply a lot more torque with this method than my son can, and we are both grown men. I just outweigh him by about 60 lbs. The bottom line is that the only way to know is to use a torque wrench, and what I learned when I got mine is that I have been screwing up for years—pun intended.
    Action screws are another torque-sensitive application that can affect accuracy and prevent damage to the rifle. Wheeler Engineering recommends that wood, fiberglass or synthetic stocks be torqued to 40 in.-lbs. If the stock has pillars, go to 65 in.-lbs. I also took a survey of several rifle manufacturers to see what they recommend. Browning recommends 30 in.-lbs. on its A-Bolt rifle action screws. Remington recommends 15-25 in.-lbs. on its wood, synthetic or laminate stocks. On the synthetic stocks with integral aluminum bedding blocks, it recommends 45 in.-lbs. of torque on the action screws. Ruger provided more detail, including the proper tightening sequence. “First, tighten the front bolt to 90 inch-pounds. Second, tighten the back screw to 50 inch-pounds. Third, tighten the middle screw to 50 inch-pounds.”

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