scope rings?

Discussion in 'Rifle Talk' started by markIVbigblock, Jun 19, 2004.

  1. markIVbigblock

    markIVbigblock Super Member

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    Im lookin at rings and bases for my new rifle do these make a difference? is this something I dont want to skimp on? Im looking at leupolds but have found weavers alot cheaper and does one or 2 piece bases make a diff.? I have mostly ruger rifles and use the supplied rings so this is kinda new to me. also does lapping rings make a difference?I cant see that would be a big deal but i have seen these kits and wonder if they are worth it Id never heard of lapping rings until recently. any advice would be appreciated thanx

    Aaron
     
  2. Drop-Shot

    Drop-Shot Super Member

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    Aaron I have lapped scope rings bout if you take too much out like I did you have a scope that moves in the mounts so to counter that,I took a sheet of 220 grit sand paper and flat side down that attached to the bottom rings,take a little off but flat sanding the surfice where the screws go through.Light lapping will check for surface warpage.I have found that if too much of a no surface load bearing is noticed,get new rings,don't over tighten as that causes warpage.Light lapping will give the intire surface holding the scope,but to me more important is checking for proper scope alignment.Midway sells an alignment set cheap.put both aling bars in rings with pionts facing each other,and shim if necessary.Drop-Shot
     

  3. gwp4ever

    gwp4ever Super Member

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    Leupold makes good rings but I've used the Weaver rings for years and have never had a problem and they ate quite a bit cheaper. Also I have never had a problem with the Ruger rings.
    I've never lapped any scope rings before and doubt I ever will. I just don't see any need for it. Most of my rifles will shoot beyond my capabilities so I guess it's just not that important to me.
     
  4. 8pointduck

    8pointduck Super Member

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    A good alternative would be Millet rings and bases. They don't cost as much as Leupold ,but feel they are of good quality.Bases are what you prefer,I prefer 2 piece.
     
  5. markIVbigblock

    markIVbigblock Super Member

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    thanx guys i think im gonna go w/ the leupold bases and rings i figure i spent alot on the rifle and the scope (leupold vari x III 3.5-10x40) so theres no reason to skimp on the rings. thanx for the advice i figured lapping wasnt necessary but figured id ask thanx

    Aaron
     
  6. phideaux_2003

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    See if you can find some old Redfield rings online. They are really good and considered by some to be the best.

    My grand dad had his 3X9 on his Winchester Mod. 70 for over 30 years and have never had a problem.

    Still drives tacks too.

    Nick
     
  7. Drop-Shot

    Drop-Shot Super Member

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    Hey 8pointduck,what do you think of millet scopes?I see them advertised but I've heard nothing about them yet.Drop-Shot
     
  8. Drop-Shot

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    hey gwp4ever,I try to get every advantage I can,and at an nra event in Baton Rouge,LA I watched and listened for hours on proper cleaning,and tips from a bench rest shooter that is a hunter.He took 3 different sets of rings,Weaver,Leupold,Redfield and lightly lapped all 3 sets and sure enough on all 3 sets 100% surface coverage was missing.He hunts with a 308 on a remington action,shilin barrel and McMillan stock.Here is a man that retired from gun making,bench rest shoots,puts on seminars around the country,reloads,hand lapps his barrels and yes he does lapp his rings.When asked what group does his 308 shoots,he said between 1/2 and 3/4 depending on temp,wind,and barometrec pressure(I sure never thought of that).I lapp my scope rings,I lapp my barrel but I feel since my back operation in 1984,I can not shoot tight groups.wwb tried to help but I think it's a shock on my spine and I'm pulling or flinching.Contact nra for local events and you will be suprised with the imformation you get on shooting,hunting or defensive.Drop-Shot
     
  9. Drop-Shot

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    again I hate to post 2 times in a row,but every one that reads this site should be joined with NRA,they put on seminars all over the states and can help with a multitude of questions and problems.Look in the benifits package for seminars and shoots.Drop-Shot