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  • Do you use a torque limiting screwdriver or wrench?

    I've always hand tightened screws on guns and scopes. However, as a mechanic's son I'm probably using too much force. Lately this has been a concern as I'm starting to seek better accuracy from my hunting rifles.

    So, what methods do you use when re-assembling your firearm? Do you use a torque limiting device? Also, do you have a preference in the order that you tighten screws on stocks and scopes?

    Below is a torque screwdriver that I'm considering to get from Amazon. Do you think it's adequate for the task? Thanks in advance!

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    I use a torque wrench for two applications: Scope rings and bases, and action screws. I used to do too much for the rings, not enough for the bases. Action screws allow you to reproducibly find the right spot for your stock/action that gives the best accuracy.

    I would look at a wrench that allows you to go higher on the torque scale. Wheeler makes one that goes higher; that's what I use.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by Amflyer View Post
      I use a torque wrench for two applications: Scope rings and bases, and action screws. I used to do too much for the rings, not enough for the bases. Action screws allow you to reproducibly find the right spot for your stock/action that gives the best accuracy.

      I would look at a wrench that allows you to go higher on the torque scale. Wheeler makes one that goes higher; that's what I use.
      Thanks AMFLYER! That Wheeler does indeed look better. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0012AXR4S/ref=ox_sc_act_title_1?smid=ATVPDKIKX0DER&psc=1

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Amflyer View Post
        I use a torque wrench for two applications: Scope rings and bases, and action screws. I used to do too much for the rings, not enough for the bases. Action screws allow you to reproducibly find the right spot for your stock/action that gives the best accuracy.

        I would look at a wrench that allows you to go higher on the torque scale. Wheeler makes one that goes higher; that's what I use.
        I wouold look on e-bay or at flea markets for a name brand inch lb wrench for a lot less than one shown. I bought one for about $15 if I remember right.
        Yes, I use it all the time. Each ring and base manufacturer has specs as well as the manufacturers of the fasteners. My Weatherby has an involved action screw tightening procedure where the screws are tightened back and forth to specific inch lbs until the final tightening.

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        • #5
          I acquired a Wheeler FAT wrench last fall and then asked myself why I hadn't gotten one sooner.
          I have installed a couple scopes with it, but not enough to form a set pattern for tightening screws.

          FWIW I bought the FAT wrench when it was on sail and paid $40+shipping.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Red Angus View Post
            I acquired a Wheeler FAT wrench last fall and then asked myself why I hadn't gotten one sooner.
            I have installed a couple scopes with it, but not enough to form a set pattern for tightening screws.

            FWIW I bought the FAT wrench when it was on sail and paid $40+shipping.
            Thanks! I'll take a look at that one.

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