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Torque Wrench Advice For Scope Mounting.

Discussion in 'Technical' started by waisted skirt, Aug 25, 2019.

  1. waisted skirt

    waisted skirt Donator

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    Never used one and never had issues with scopes moving or causing damage. This said I have a spare bit of cash so am thinking of purchasing one to eliminate any doubt in the future when fitting scopes.

    I have two questions for members, firstly can you recommend one that is decent that does not cost a fortune, and secondly were you surprised by how wrong you got the torque when you checked it with a torque wrench.

    Many thanks for any help I am looking forward to reading your responses.
     
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    mikeyhall1 2018 Forum Nice Guy - Pepe Le Pew

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    I use this one, £31:)

    https://www.amazon.co.uk/Laser-LAS5...0&s=gateway&sprefix=torque+scr,aps,147&sr=8-5

    Decent piece of kit and it’s never let me down.

    Base bolts - 3nm
    Ring bolts - 2nm
     
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    Spray1Mark Very Active

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    Blimey +/- 10% accuraccy? unless it's very consistent then using your judgment would likely be better!
     
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    I have a torqe wrench test set at work, no problems, but would be interesting to check the results!!
     
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    I guess you get what you pay for, the Wheeler is twice the price of the other!!
     
  7. waisted skirt

    waisted skirt Donator

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    Use the short end of an Allen key and spend the money you've saved on getting battered. :up:
     
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  9. shergar

    shergar Busy Member

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    Would caution against over reliance on torque wrench unless able to calibrate for accuracy prior to use. Never had problem knowing when bolt is turning because it is loose and the final part rotation to keep it secure. For small diameter threads, small allen keys and gentle fingers should suffice. As soon as a bit of spring is felt in allen key stop tightening.
     
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    The above post by shergar. Common sense is the way to go .
     
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    timmytree Big Poster

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    Long end of allen key in bolt, nip up with short end until it grips. Why make things more difficult? Just use commonsense.
     
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    According to my Wheeler Torque Wrench I was generally under-tightening when tightening by hand, especially scope tube screws. I must say that although I have a torque wrench and it does remove the guess work, I'm not totally convinced they're really necessary. I think a lot of it comes down to how well you can 'feel' the tightening. So people can just feel when a screw is tight enough whereas others are not quite so good.
     
  13. waisted skirt

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    thanks for all the replies, really informative.
     
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    Yep that's what i do apart from the getting battered bit and never had a problem with the scope moving in the mounts or ever marking a scope body tube.
     
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    I bought one of the cheap wrenches and accept that the accuracy may not be that good (though often the tools exceed their spec), but wanted the repeatability. Going round the screws in a typical diagonal pattern , I first went for equal torque by feel, much easier with a longer. more solid tool, and then nipped them up to the setting. It was noticeable that there was quite a bit of variation in my original hand setting, maybe a quarter of a turn. Yes, they all required a little tightening. I had to correct a zero shift of around half an inch at 30yds once tightened down.

    If you want to get battered, just stroll around the estate on which I live as the pubs kick out...

    Rob.
     
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    Spray1Mark Very Active

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    Only poor quality tools make things more difficult!

    High quality tools make a job easier and nicer to complete!

    Of course you can give a ham fisted twit a good tool and they will still make a mess of it, take our Tim for instance!
     
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    Spray1Mark Very Active

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    You can never have too many torque wrenches! this is not all of my collection either, one for each screw size and nut set correctly.
     

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  18. HW100Tuning

    HW100Tuning Straight Pride

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    Heres my torque wrench...
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    Bl##din torque wrenches for scopes.... :facepalm:
     
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    Yes totally understand what you are saying, but when you spend 4 grand on a scope why on earth would you "guess" at setting it up correctly.

    On my long range guns for 2000 yards plus I used to set the scope up with a 1 thou' dial test indicator to check the mounting, I still apply similar rules to airguns.
     
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    I bought the exact same one as Mikey after having a stiff side focus wheel on one of my Falcons ... slightly overtightened the front mounts with an Allen key, but no problems since :up:
     

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