Keeping Rifle Scopes Stationary

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Keeping Rifle Scopes Stationary

Postby WVUBeta1904 » Tue, 29 Sep 2015 15:41:54

What do you currently use, and what have you previously used to keep your rifle scopes in place? Rosin, lapping compound, double-sided tape, spray adhesives, corn starch, etc..

What has worked for you in the past; what would you stray away from? Horror stories as well as positive long-lasting solutions are both appreciated and entertainingly humorous.
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Re: Keeping Rifle Scopes Stationary

Postby FiremanBob » Tue, 29 Sep 2015 16:13:56

Blue loctite.
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Re: Keeping Rifle Scopes Stationary

Postby MarcSpaz » Tue, 29 Sep 2015 16:30:18

Bummer. I posted a reply and it didn't save. :-( I'll try again at home. Too long to type on the phone again.

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Re: Keeping Rifle Scopes Stationary

Postby M1A4ME » Tue, 29 Sep 2015 17:09:26

I've never used anything to hold a scope in the rings but, or the rings on the bases, except tight screws.

I have used blue, or red, Loctite on the screws in the bases/receivers on some of the older bolt action rifles.

Never had an issue with a scope working loose in the rings.


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Re: Keeping Rifle Scopes Stationary

Postby jdonovan » Tue, 29 Sep 2015 18:35:40

blue loctite + a calibrated torque driver

no tricks, no magic.

With higher recoil rifles, I've gone to 6 screw mounts, and they have all stayed put.


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Re: Keeping Rifle Scopes Stationary

Postby WVUBeta1904 » Wed, 30 Sep 2015 09:48:55

FiremanBob wrote:Blue loctite.


You're talking about on the ring screws only, correct? Strange as it sounds, I've heard of folks putting a thin layer of loctite on the scope body between the rings for an adhesive effect.


M1A4ME wrote:I've never used anything to hold a scope in the rings but, or the rings on the bases, except tight screws.


jdonovan wrote:blue loctite + a calibrated torque driver

no tricks, no magic.


Simple and straight forward - thanks.


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Re: Keeping Rifle Scopes Stationary

Postby widefat » Wed, 30 Sep 2015 19:31:29

Second - Blue Loctite on screws only, torqued to spec.
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Re: Keeping Rifle Scopes Stationary

Postby WVUBeta1904 » Fri, 02 Oct 2015 11:40:22

MarcSpaz wrote:Bummer. I posted a reply and it didn't save. :-( I'll try again at home. Too long to type on the phone again.


lol that's happened to me a few times too many as well. :doh:


widefat wrote:Second - Blue Loctite on screws only, torqued to spec.


Thanks, wf...seems the overwhelming favorite is as basic as you would think.
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Re: Keeping Rifle Scopes Stationary

Postby MarcSpaz » Fri, 02 Oct 2015 13:05:46

The said part was, it was mostly satire. I was hoping to make people laugh, but I hate typing on my phone.

Truth is, I have never had a scope move in the rings or at the base of the mount if it was torqued correctly.

I know some folks are mentioning Loctite, but I have owned a few scopes and a few rings that say not to use Loctite, but with no explanation as to why.


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Re: Keeping Rifle Scopes Stationary

Postby grumpyMSG » Fri, 02 Oct 2015 20:56:26

I have just followed the scope or mount manufacturer's recommendations. Who would know better than them? If I recall correctly,if you buy a mount from LaRue Tactical, they come with a small tube of the Loctite they recommend. I also used my well padded Black and Decker Workmate to hold the rifle steady and level while I was aligning and torquing things down.
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Re: Keeping Rifle Scopes Stationary

Postby tangodown » Fri, 12 Feb 2016 16:48:41

I just use a torque wrench, I have used blue Loctite as well. On a Picatiny rails I use bolted locking scope rings/ mounts that fit in the number groves with just tight screws. I have never had any real issues with scopes loosening up on me.
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