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Remounting a rifle scope, Luepold 3X9 with Luepold rings

How much torque do I apply to the ring screws when remounting the scope?

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    Where can I find the torque specifications for the proper mounting of Leupold base and rings?



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Hey jerry when ya renount a scope ya just want to tighten all the screws evenly when ya do this ya want to start with right front then left rear then left front right rear you do this till its as tight as you can make them without striping screws when your done you should have even space at all the rings good luck and i hope this helped ya

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