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Post  timmy96815 on Sat Oct 18, 2008 1:57 pm

Hi Everyone, As always thanks for the help. I am kind of new to hunting so I have tons of questions.

Anyone know how tight the screws should be to hold down the scope on a rifle? I figured out from midway usa on youtube that the bases should be 30 inch pounds. But still can't figure out how much the top rings should be. Just ordered my wheeler FAT wrench.

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Post  bigislandhunter on Sat Oct 18, 2008 4:28 pm

What I do on my rifles is that before you put the screw in you put a little nail pollish on the treads. After that just tighten it untill farily snug

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Post  Koa Boa on Sat Oct 18, 2008 11:35 pm

I believe its 15 inch pounds for the rings.

What type of rifle,bases and rings you using?

Ring Alignment is also CRUCIAL so make sure your rings are properly aligned as well
They sell tools for this as well as lappers just in case your rings have high spots.

Sorry dont wanna get too technical!

Goodluck with your new rifle and practice all you can, are you planning on reloading your own as well???

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Post  timmy96815 on Sat Oct 18, 2008 11:54 pm

Remington sps 270 winchester
tally lightweight rings(ring and base is one unit)
pentax gameseeker 4-12 x 40 scope

I might reload. My buddy said I could borrow his stuff. (press, charge loader, and everything)
I don't have much spare time so I might just stick to the store ammo for now.

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Post  timmy96815 on Sat Oct 18, 2008 11:56 pm

Sorry forgot to put remington sps 700

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Post  HYPA on Sun Oct 19, 2008 1:37 am

oh you gotta ask cory this one!!!!! Very Happy

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Post  Koa Boa on Sun Oct 19, 2008 9:00 am

Right on good caliber and action choice if you ever decide to go custom later on!

Hey Cory c'mon I know you know this stuff Very Happy

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Post  timmy96815 on Sun Oct 19, 2008 9:23 am

Yea that's why I picked the 700, easy to customize. Seems like you might know this one Cory. Any suggestions are welcome. I did ask my bro who is killer with anything mechanical. He referred me here.

http://www.yetmans.mb.ca/kohler/page3/page3.html#english

He said just figure out what size the bolts are and go from there.
He said go 25 inch pounds for both, and if it still slips (the scope did slip) tighten the rings a little more because they are different screws and can handle more torque. He also said I gotta clean em real good with acetone (rings) I may order a lapping kit. Spending all this money sucks!!!!

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Post  Koa Boa on Sun Oct 19, 2008 12:15 pm

Got this from a friend Very Happy

Scope ring screws (Aluminum Rings) 10-15 inch-lbs "MAX"

Scope ring screws (Steel Rings) 15-20 inch-lbs "MAX"

Note' If scope base and ring Screws have less than 5 threads
of engagement they should be replaced with longer ones.

Hope this helps!

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Post  Vidinha on Sun Oct 19, 2008 7:10 pm

Sorry fellaz, Just got on computer. I need to reserch your equipment but what Koa Boa went post looks good. Very important though. Before you mount your scope, you need to lap the rings, gotta make sure in fits snug all the way around the scope tube. You can get it done with any gunsmith or we can hook up sometime and do it. Also, Always use tools made for working on guns, I found out the hard way, messed alot of stuff up. Let me know when you going range, I gotta sight a few guns in too. You know how it goes, never satisfied with what I got. I just sporterized an M1 A and put a tac scope on it, floated my 300 win mag and changed the scope, and got a new bolt and scope for my Rem .308.We'll make alot of noise down Koko head,lol.
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Post  Koa Boa on Sun Oct 19, 2008 7:41 pm

Hey Cory would it be cool to hang wit u guys at the range when u go??? If so, lemme know would be cool I still learning as well and would
love to see your rifles Very Happy .

Good Shooting!

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Post  HYPA on Mon Oct 20, 2008 12:30 am

hey , hey , hey ,,,cory nevermine those guns just make sure the damn scope on the pellet rifle is on tight this time Smile !!!!! G&%$AMN bottle shot!!!! i know you sabotoged it lol Very Happy

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Post  Vidinha on Mon Oct 20, 2008 6:35 am

LOL,Yup. Remember, that was my brothers gun. think he got the gun tuned up pretty good now. I'll do that bottle shot again but I would like to see you guys do ( TRY, LOL) some open sights trick shots, Shoot a penny thrown in the air at about 15 yards, you guys use the pellet gun and I'll use my stick bow. Whatcha say?

KOA BOA, Yeh man, We go hang out, I might go range this Saturday. My shoting buddy was asking me to go with him, this guy knows more about guns than I will ever. Get in touch with me and we'll set it up, or if I do go I'll post on this thread.

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Post  Koa Boa on Mon Oct 20, 2008 8:11 am

Right on Cory mahalo for the invite would love to check it out. But I'm usually hunting or working on Sat. But we see what happens. If you don't mind my asking what make and model is your 300 win mag? Who did the bedding job?

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Post  timmy96815 on Mon Oct 20, 2008 3:48 pm

O.K. Good Idea. Lap 'em. If I do it myself and mess it up, can it be undone? or is it just permanent. I don't want to mess up the rings and toss $45 away for another set.

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