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Old 02-12-2010, 10:04 AM
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Default mounting rings and bases...

just curious if i need to use loc tite or anything when mounting rings and bases...?? or just tighten them down snug???

dont wanna risk having anything back out...the base is staying on the gun forever...rings may or may not...might change the scope later...

so im thinking maybe lock tite the base to the receiver and tighten the rings down tight...?? or stay away from lock tite? or lock tite them all??

thanx...dont wanna mess around on this rifle....cant afford a loose scope!
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Old 02-12-2010, 10:16 AM
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I use a dab of the Blue Loctite on the base screws only. Never had a problem with them coming loose and never had a problem getting them out when needed either.
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Old 02-12-2010, 10:59 AM
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I use the very smallest amount of blue lock tite on the bases but otherwise no. I have found that using a good inch pound torque wrench and establishing a set torque for each type of screw goes along way toward the best scope mounting. This would assume a set of rings correctly matched and lapped.
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Old 02-12-2010, 12:01 PM
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blue loktite or clear nail polish works for me
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Old 02-12-2010, 12:08 PM
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RR hit a real good point...Degrease!! Get the oil off the screws and the holes. Use a Q-Tip or piece of tissue with a solvent and get 'em cleaned up before you use any type of locking agent. And as SKB said, proper torque is important also. The Fat Wrench is a good choice for work such as this. It's a good tool for any workbench.
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Old 02-12-2010, 01:17 PM
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Degrease and blue loctite on bases only, also torque both base and rings.
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Old 02-12-2010, 01:44 PM
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I clean the screws off real good and do not use any form of loctite. I use Leupold rings and bases and they use a torx T15 bit, so I have this little torque wrench to use...

It is not fancy, only torques to one setting, but its perfect for mounting optics on guns. If you really wanted to use loctite, I could see using it on the base screws, because you can not tighten those once the scope is on and there is no need to adjust the base. But I would not put them on the ring screws because further adjustment might be necessary and you can access the screws easy enough to torque down again if necessary for some odd reason. I do recommend using some kind of torque wrench. People will say oh, you can just snug them up, well the first time you strip out the threading on your rifle base holes and have to get them retapped, you will wonder why you didn't spend the 30-50 bucks on the wonderful tool in the first place.
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Old 02-12-2010, 01:55 PM
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Blue (Medium) locktite. The red stuff can be a little too permanent.
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Old 02-12-2010, 02:22 PM
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I've mounted,over the years 4 scopes on the rifles I've owned. I never cleaned the makes all the sense in the world to do so!!! Thanks for the education gentleman.
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Old 02-12-2010, 08:44 PM
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what's the normal torque you put on the screws?
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