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This is a discussion on Take Down Screw Torque within the Ruger 10/22 Rimfire forums, part of the Rifle & Shotgun Forum category; I recently purchased a 10/22 carbine (Model 1256 Stainless Steel) and it is so enjoyable to be spending only pennies a shot rather than nickles ...


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Old August 23rd, 2019, 01:04 PM   #1
 
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Take Down Screw Torque

I recently purchased a 10/22 carbine (Model 1256 Stainless Steel) and it is so enjoyable to be spending only pennies a shot rather than nickles a shot!

As I was reading the user's manual about field disassembly and reassembly of the rifle, I was surprised that no information was provided for how tight the Take Down Screw should be upon reassembly. I searched this forum for that information and found one discussion back in 2013 that made some guesses, but nothing definite.

So, I did what I should have done to begin with, I asked Ruger Customer Service! The official answer is:
"The front takedown screw is to be torqued to 15-20" Lbs"
For those of us with fading eyesight, that is 15-20 INCH lbs.



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Old August 23rd, 2019, 02:33 PM   #2
 
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Some people have devoted considerable amounts of time and ammunition to determining what the optimal torque for their Ruger 10/22 take down screw was, accuracy-wise. You can find numerous threads on rimfire central. Unfortunately, the answer is different for different rifles.

Yes, 20 inch-pounds is the maximum. I would suggest trying 17-18 inch-pounds.
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As mentioned...different torque for different rifles. I torque my 10/22 Carbine to 12 lbs. using "The Fat Wrench" by Wheeler.
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The official torque is 1/4 past firm.
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