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Can anyone suggest a decent torque wrench??? I'm looking at something that does 1 to 100 INCH POUNDS or there abouts.
 
Looked at Norbar stuff (which is a bit pricey)...i've heard of Utica but don't know if I can get them here in Australia.
 
Anyone help.
 
 
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I bought an old fashioned one at an auction for $3, put 15# torque on the front & back screws on my .22 rifle and and tightened the groups considerably.
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The only ones I really trust are the higher-quality ones like Seekonk (rebranded and sold as Leupold, Nightforce, etc - usually for more $$$). However, you can probably find a decent high-quality one used on Ebay and have it re-calibrated. The disadvantages of the Seekonks are that you only get one weight per wrench (e.g. 65 in-lbs.) and they're expensive. However, I've only needed two and the most important use is to be able to reliably re-tighten the action screws so really a shooter could get by with just that one and take scope mounts and rings to a good gunsmith if you really want to worry about getting them torqued correctly (or get the Wheeler FAT wrench).

It's worth noting that even high-end wrenches are supposed to be recalibrated periodically. Seekonk recommends doing that annually, but I checked with them and that is really for industrial users who use the wrenches heavily. Re-tightening an action a couple times a year should only require that operation every 5-10 years (and I'm leaning towards the latter).
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I just use a craftsman torque wrench.  
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