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Old November 30, 2017, 08:45 AM   #1
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Optic Mounting Problem - Cross Bolt Keeps Snapping

I've been trying to mount a Sig Romeo 5 red dot to a standard flat top AR-15 upper, and three times now the cross bolt has snapped into two pieces. I know what you're thinking...I'm over torquing the bolt, however, I used a torque wrench set to 20 in-lbs for the first two bolts (per the instruction manual that came with the optic), and the the third time I dialed it back to about 16-18 in-lbs, and had the same result. After the first time it happened, Sig sent me a new base along with a replacement bolt and nut, which I swapped out before the third attempt, so I know it's not an issue with the base. It doesn't feel like I'm putting all that much torque on the bolt, certainly not enough for it to break like it is. I have mounted tons of optics like this with very similar cross bolts and never once had an issue. Any ideas?
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Old November 30, 2017, 10:24 AM   #2
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sorry to ask but are you sure you are using inch pounds? and second just hand tighten it with the correct size bit and snug it down with some blue thread locker you should be fine. it should not go anywhere AR's do not have much recoil no reason to go super crazy torquing to specs, you can snug it down by hand a use a little thread locker.
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Old November 30, 2017, 10:26 AM   #3
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sorry to ask but are you sure you are using inch pounds? and second just hand tighten it with the correct size bit and snug it down with some blue thread locker you should be fine. it should not go anywhere AR's do not have much recoil no reason to go super crazy torquing to specs, you can snug it down by hand a use a little thread locker.
Yes, definitely inch pounds....
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Old November 30, 2017, 10:48 AM   #4
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I agree with GorillaGunworks...but I will add, there are book smart engineers and hands-on-people...follow GorillaGunworks advise.
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Old November 30, 2017, 06:50 PM   #5
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I have always used 8 in.lbs in those size bolts. Go to the hardware store and get some grade 10 alloy bolts if you want to put a death grip on them.
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