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Are you using locktite on your rings?

Discussion in 'Shooting Gear and Storage' started by SIGarmed, Dec 29, 2002.

  1. SIGarmed

    SIGarmed Well-Known Member

    Do you use locktite on the hex screws of your rifle rings? Should the blue locktite do?

    Also whats the best way to level a red dot scope? Unlike crosshairs its hard to know if the dot is exactly level.
  2. Soap

    Soap Well-Known Member

    I use Loctite Blue on my mounts. If you use everything stronger you may as well just put saltwater on the screw!

    I would level the Red Dot by putting only the lower part of the ring on the base, measure the level the flat part. Then level out the scope (using the flat part of the adjustment turret) accordingly. I've done this with a few rifles and each time my mounting gets more accurate and solid.
  3. V-fib

    V-fib Well-Known Member

    Yes it works great!
  4. Wildalaska

    Wildalaska member

    Whooooooooaaaaaaaaaaaaaa...hold on there guys!

    Locktite your bases....but never loctite the rings!! No No No.....!!!
  5. Jmurman

    Jmurman Well-Known Member

    correct...base only
  6. GeneS

    GeneS Well-Known Member

    Blue Loctite will work. A drop of your wife's clear nail polish will work too.
  7. SIGarmed

    SIGarmed Well-Known Member

    I have ARMS rings that have an upper and a lower part. So your saying not to loctite the screws that hold the two parts together.
  8. Wildalaska

    Wildalaska member

    Absolutely! There is no need for it whatsoever.
  9. Jmurman

    Jmurman Well-Known Member

    The base is what you need to really secure. Don't use red loctite. The blue stuff is called Guntite.
  10. 444

    444 Well-Known Member

    Leupold not only recommends against threadlockers, they advise you to put oil on the screws.
  11. SIGarmed

    SIGarmed Well-Known Member

    Thanks for the tips folks. :)
  12. cratz2

    cratz2 Well-Known Member

    For rings, I've always used a drop of CLP. I don't think I've ever had one come loose.
  13. stans

    stans Well-Known Member

    Use of a lubricant on the treads of any screw or bolt reduces friction and simply allows you to develop full torque on the threads. This will usually provide enough torque to prevent a screw from backing out. Consider this: automotive engine builders do not use thread locking compounds during engine assembly, they use light oil or an anti-seizing compound.
  14. 444

    444 Well-Known Member

    I agree, however, you don't need to torque down these screws much. By the way, the reason I know this is because after reading a similar thread years ago, instead of getting a lot of personal opinion, I simply called Leupold and asked them. The first person that answered the phone knew all the answers to my questions, so appearently they get a lot of calls on this stuff. Overtorqueing the screws will smash the scope tube, which is bad. I don't remember how many inch pounds of torque you need, but it isn't much.
  15. Soap

    Soap Well-Known Member

    I'm curious why some are advising not to Loctite rings. I never did until one day I was doing some varmint hunting with my deer rifle and I noticed that the rings were loose. Then from that day on I put a tiny bit of Loctite Blue to ensure that the rings wouldn't come loose. I've never had a problem disassembling the rings after using Blue either.
  16. 444

    444 Well-Known Member

    "I'm curious why some are advising not to Loctite rings. "

    I always did locktite my rings, but then I called Leupold. They told me not to. I figured that they might know what they were talking about. Not to put anyone down, not to be a smart butt, but I believed the manufacturer of the rings rather than hersey on the internet or the advice of the gun store commandos.
  17. No4Mk1

    No4Mk1 Well-Known Member

    Well, I also don't believe everything I read on the internet or hear from a clerk at a gunstore, but I also don't believe everything a manufacturer tells me.... They generally have an alterior motive that may not intersect with your best interest.

    I have no reason to believe that to be the case here, just saying I am about as sceptical of what they would tell me as I would be of random internet input....

    Having said all that, I had a scope that would not hold zero for anything UNTIL I put blue Loctite on the rings. Now it is solid as a rock.


  18. 444

    444 Well-Known Member

    Ok, I can buy that in some cases, but I can't see any reason why Leupold would not want your rings to be tight or their scopes to come loose all the time.
    When I called, the first person that answered the phone knew the answers to my questions immediately. So many inch pounds of torque, oil the threads etc. I followed their advice with perhaps a half dozen or possibly ten rifles. I have not had one of them come loose. The biggest is either a .338 Win Mag, or a .444 Marlin. Rings are still perfectly tight. The recoil on the .444 Marlin destroyed two Lyman receiver sights, but hasn't loosened my scope rings yet. So, I believed them to begin with, and it has proven itself in practice. YMMV
  19. Bottom Gun

    Bottom Gun Well-Known Member

    Base - yes
    rings - no
  20. Flash Hole

    Flash Hole Well-Known Member

    If your rings have ever come loose on a hunting trip,
    you'll locktite them the next time out.
    One less thing to worry about.

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