Torqueing guard screws
I recently read my dog eared copy of 'The Accurate Rifle' by Warren Page, and nowhere in it does he mention torqueing guard screws. Back in the day, these gentlemen were shooting average aggregate scores of 1/4" at 200 yards with their rifles built on Remington, Shilen and Mauser actions.
Page discusses proper bedding at length, and yet, the order of the day was to "tighten guard screws" with a screwdriver. He does mention, on a Remington, to tighten both, and then back off the forward screw one quarter turn.
These days, you see online folks discussing torque this screw to xx inch lbs., or that screw to xx foot lbs. My question is this; is this torqueing with a calibrated torque wrench necessary, or just gimmick? Just another thing to add to the gunsmith's workbench or tinkerers toolbox..?
I built my first rifle in 1976, and feel that I have built some extremely accurate rifles in my day. To this day, I have yet to put a torque wrench on a guard screw, mostly because I feel that woods and composites ( even in the same firearm model) compress differently, and even with pillar bedding, there can be deviations.
Not wanting to generate arguments, but I am interested in hearing your thoughts, and am I just an old fogey resisting change...