Keeping Rifle Scopes Stationary

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Keeping Rifle Scopes Stationary

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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

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Blue loctite.
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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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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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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

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

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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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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

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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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