Easy Question about mounting scope

some Beach

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I mounted the scope on my rifle but not too sure how much torque to put on the screws. Any recommendations? The only torque wrench I have is a 1/2" drive long handle for cars.
 

40Arpent

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Absent a torque screwdriver designed specifically for low torque specs such as scope mounting, an oft-used method is to use a regular L-shaped allen wrench and tighten with the "long end" inserted in the allen head screw. Using the "short end" as your leverage point, it is virtually impossible to over-tighten/strip the screw by hand using all of your force (the allen wrench will begin to twist). After this is done, I usually reverse the allen wrench and give it just one more little bump. Be sure to tighten the screws in a cross pattern in very small increments, and keep your eyes on the gap between the bases and top rings to make sure you've tightened them as evenly as possible.
 

some Beach

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Thanks TXSUT! I did a little "searching" and found most of the expensive scopes require anywhere from 10 inch/lbs - 20 inch/lbs on the rings and about 50 inch/lbs on the base. Since I don't have a precision intrument I'm just going to do as you suggest.

Just for giggles I emailed the manufacturer of Center Point Optics, here's their reply:
We do not have any torque requirements for mounting our scopes. We recommend turning the screw until it is secure. Some people have used Lock Tite on the screws to keep them tight.

If for some reason you damage the screws, you can contact us and we will send you out new ones.

Thank you~

Angel VanDruff
Customer Service Representative
 

dee

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Put a lil bit of clear fingernail polish over the screws after tightening them. It will keep them from coming loose.
 

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