Base and Ring Torque specs

Discussion in 'Long Range Scopes and Other Optics' started by Big37dog, Jan 2, 2012.

  1. Big37dog

    Big37dog New Member

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    what do everyone torque their rings and bases at.?
     
  2. Mike027

    Mike027 Well-Known Member

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    Im actually taking a coffee break duirng mounting a scope on my Weatherby Accumark. I have Talley bases and rings on all of my big game rifles. I just installed the bases with 25lbs torque and used a very small amount of blue locktite on the screws.

    The rings I will set at 35lbs for the bottom screw and about 20 for the top. Time to head back to the basement to finish up. Mike
     
  3. LouBoyd

    LouBoyd Well-Known Member

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    No doubt you mean inch-lbs. Pounds is a unit of force, not torque. If someone is not familiar with torquing small screws and uses a ft-lb torque wrench they'll either strip the threads or break the screws. Mike027's numbers are reasonable for typical 8-40 steel screws, but it really depends on the thread size and the material both the screws and threads are made of.
     
  4. bruce_ventura

    bruce_ventura Well-Known Member

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    Wheeler recommends these values:
    Base screws: 30 in-lbs
    Windage screws: 30-40 in-lbs
    Ring screws - alum rings: 10-15 in-lbs
    Ring screws - steel rings: 15-20 in-lbs