Don't throw your leupold away Jake! Get you a "FAT Wrench", torque wrench/screw driver. The rings only need something like 15 inch pounds of torque to hold a brahma bull! Very handy tool indee. has a list of how much to tighten rings, scope bases, whether aluminum or steel. I have stopped twistng off screw heads/cracking scope bodies/freezing power rings since buying this thing, lol. Now, if you are completely spooked, send that leupold to me, I just can't give you an end of year tax deduction for it however (smile). happy New year!