MGT, I have noticed from reading numerous other threads about scopes, mounts, and rings that you are one of the resident experts of this forum. What type of torque wrench do you recommend? I have seen discussions of this on other sub-forums, but the number of different recommendations makes my head hurt. I'm just a recreational shooter, so I don't need the best, just a quality tool that is easy to use and won't break the bank.
I use a Strurtevant/Richmont CAL-36/4 with a range of 4 to 36 inch-lbs. This torque wrench is fairly expensive new
, costing as much as a Leupold Redfield to VXI scope!
They are fairly popular, so you will find them on the used market, for about $20 to $30, try ebay
. The Utica is also a quality torque wrench, and it too, can be fairly expensive NEW.
One reason the used ones are cheap, is due to unknown calibration state. Strurtevant/Richmont CAL-36/4 can be easily calibrate if you have access to a calibrated source.
There are new cheaper torque wrenches out their. Probably the cheapest one I have seen is the HF (Harbor Freight)
one, however it starts at 20 inch-lbs, and goes up to 200 inch-lbs, and is more appropriate for the smaller screws in a car. The HF one goes for as low as $12 when on sale. Some folks like to set their rings torque (and action screws) range in the 12-18 inch-lbs area, and the HF tool does not go that low.
Some folks recommend the MidwayUSA Wheeler FAT wrench
, currently $42 new, I don't know if it can be calibrated by the user. Lots of external plastic, but some folks like it for value. I vaguely remember looking at its instruction manual, and could not see any instruction on how to calibrate it. I would probably buy a used Strurtevant/Richmont or Utica, for the same price or lower.