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  • I am mounting a scope my first time on a Savage 304E. I think I have everything done about right but I keep reading I should NOT

    I am mounting a scope my first time on a Savage 304E. I think I have everything done about right but I keep reading I should NOT loctite the screws for the scope rings, just the base screws. Any input on this would help me and if you have any tips for the entire process that I may not know...I'm all ears (well eyes). Thanks!

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    Yeah, don't put any loctite on the scope rings. Just slowly tighten each screw one at a time(same amount of turns on each screw). Ideally you would have a torque wrench to make sure that you do not bend the scope at all(over tighten). What caliber is the rifle? A higher caliber requires a tighter screw.

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    • #3
      it is a .30-30, JM. I'm reading people putting tape inside the rings or removing the blueing inside them too. All this crazy stuff I never heard before. Know anything about it?

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      • #4
        A lot of scopes actually come with a "tape" on the inside of the rings. With low cost scopes/rings they say it can help prevent slipping/rings marks on scope, but by no means is it required. I believe removing the bluing is called "lapping." Again this is not necessary.

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        • #5
          You never use loctite on the rings, only bases. I use the blue variety of loctite on the bases so if I ever want to take them off I can. If you buy good rings and bases you shouldn't need that tape on the inside, IMO. One more caution is to not over torque those ring screws.

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          • #6
            I never use loctite on my bases or rings, and I don't have any problems with either one slipping.

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            • #7
              There are several different strengths of Loctite, designated by the different colors. The lighter strength types would be perfectly fine for use on scope rings. I have also heard people use a little dab of clear nail polish, just to make sure their screws don't loosen when they shouldn't.

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