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Hi All,

 

I just mounted a Kahles CL 3x9-42 scope on a Kimber Montana in 300 WSM using Talley one-piece aluminum mounts.  I used thread locker on the mount-to-rifle screws.  Should I also use threadlocker on the scope-ring screws?

 

Thanks.

 

--twofer

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Use a low strength thread locker like Loctite 22231 and you will be okay. High strength thread locker can cause problems when removing steel screws from aluminum. If you have any questions, give Talley a call. They are more than willing to help. They make an excellent product.

http://www.talleyrings.com/

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tahqua - Thanks for the suggestions.  I have sent an email to Talley, and will summarize their response in this thread for future readers.  In the meantime, it would be great if others weighed in with their opinions.

 

I have heard in the past that scope-rings screws shouldn't receive threadlocking compound, hence my question.  I don't recall the reasoning, but I would guess it's due to the potential for damaging the optics while removing the threadlocked screws.  Perhaps because some types of threadlocker need heat to be remove.  But it seems to me also that the low-strength threadlocker should be reversible without heat and so should be OK to use.



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Low strength is better for small screws. The problem with the aluminum rings is that the screws are steel and harder. You don't want to strip the threads on the rings when removing the screws. In a tug of war the aluminum will loose to the steel screw.
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i used to ALWAYS use thread locker, but several folks on here have advised against it.

 

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I don't use thread locker,but I epoxy the scope to the rings,and bases to the rifle,obviously I don't change scopes often. Nail varnish is OK as a low strenght thread locker.
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