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Warne rings dented my Swarovski. I swear I'm not a monkey.

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by GJgo, Jan 24, 2013.

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  1. gpjoe

    gpjoe Member

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    Yep, I had the same thing happen with my Warne rings and a brand new Nikon scope.

    Used a cheap torque wrench at it's lowest setting (broke two rules there). I figured that since the Warne spec for torque was 25 in-lbs, even at the lowest setting (20 in-lbs) if the wrench was off +/- 25% I would be in the neighborhood of 15-25 in-lbs. Within spec, but I still crushed the scope tube.

    I'm not going to blame Warne, but 25 in-lbs of torque seems awfully high to me. I have a proper torque wrench now and would NEVER try to apply 25 in-lbs of torque to any rings or bases. As stated above, my max now is 10-15 in-lbs and a re-check after a range trip.
     
  2. wingman

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    The Burris signature zee rings are the most "safe" ring available IMO to prevent scope damage however a heavy hand could still do harm.
     
  3. GJgo

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    So I ended up getting the Wheeler scope ring lapping kit & torque wrench, and using it on the Warne rings. On both the front & rear rings there were noticeable high spots that I lapped off. Cleaned it all up, and re-mounted on a fresh section of scope tube at 15-18 in-lbs. Fingers crossed I'll never have to dismount it again! I agree that 25 in-lbs. is just way too much for this application.
     
  4. Salmoneye

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    That was my first thought...
     
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