View Full Version : Torque settings various rifle/scope parts

March 17, 2011, 01:14 PM

I bought a torque wrench to be able to tighten the screws on my rifle properly.
I am sure this has been covered in various topics but couldn't find every single part and there seems to be a lot of disagreement on the exact settings for different rifle and scope parts. Also I don't know if there is a difference between the settings for a Remington 700 and a Mosin Nagant.
I have a mosin nagant with a reproduction PU scope and mount.
I also have a Remington 700 SPS varmint on which I intend to mount an old Redfield scope, 4-screw rings from the same period and a Jr base, I also have a walnut stock that will be pillar bedded.
So for both the Remington 700 and the Mosin Nagant: what torque settings do I need to tighten all the screws to? Action, base, rings, windage screws?

Here are some pictures of the the rifle and scope (no pictures of the Remington yet).

March 17, 2011, 02:31 PM
If you are familiar with the Wheeler torgue wrench or screw driver, it comes with a listing of torque setting for base and rings srews or at least what you are showing. Personally, I find the listed settings a bit hard or strong. See what other replies you get and I will follow-up with what Wheeler is llisting..:)

Be Safe !!!

March 17, 2011, 03:34 PM
I don't have the Wheeler Engineering one. The one I have is actually intended for bicycles but can adjust from 17 to about 200 inch pounds of force (2-24Nm actually), so it should be more than suitable for the range I need for firearms.

From what I know this is about what torque settings should be applied, but any input is welcome:
Action screws: 65 inlbs
Base screws: 30 inlbs
Ring screws: 15-20 inlbs
Windage screw(s): 45 or 65 inlbs (not sure, I see a lot of different values)

If anyone has the wheeler engineering settings, they are very welcome.

March 17, 2011, 04:09 PM
Here is what the Wheeler Fat Wrench is listing but don't take this as the last word or only reference. ..... ;)

Base screws; 30 In-Lbs.
Ring screws; Alum. ; 10-15 In-Lbs.
Ring screws; Steel.; 15-20 In-Lbs.
Windage srews; 30-40 In-Lbs.

There are other listing for Guard Screws that I won't bother to list at this time. ... :rolleyes:

Good luck and;
Be Safe !!!

March 18, 2011, 06:59 AM
Thanks for the settings Pahoo.
I thought the windage screws took more, but then again, a modern picatiny rail is something different from and old steel Redfield base.